The Immigration and Customs Enforcement has detained more than 50 undocumented immigrants in a five-day period, it said in a statement on Thursday.
According to the ICE, it arrested 58 people in enforcement activities across New England during a five-day period, which ended on Dec. 4.
The suspects who were arrested had previous criminal charges and convictions including murder, aggravated identity theft, assault, attempted assault, cocaine possession and OUI.
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Of the 58 arrested for violating U.S. immigration laws, 30 had prior felony convictions for violent offenses; 33 had criminal charges pending; nine had been previously removed from the U.S. and returned illegally; 15 had been previously released from local law enforcement custody, correctional facilities and/or court custody with an active detainer; one was referred to the U.S. Marshals for failure to register as a sex offender; four have active Interpol Red Notices; and nine were referred to criminal prosecution for the appropriate U.S. Attorney's Office in the jurisdiction.
"The men and women of ICE, through efforts like the one we have completed this week, remain committed to apprehending dangerous criminal aliens who threaten our communities," Todd M. Lyons, Acting Field Officer Director, ERO Boston, said.
The busts in Massachusetts took place in Lynn, Methuen, Brockton, Dorchester and Hyannis. Busts were also executed in Putnam, Connecticut and Windham, New Hampshire.
The arrestees include nationals from the Dominican Republic, France, Jamaica, Haiti and Antigua, among other nations, the statement said.
According to the ICE, some of the suspects arrested during the operation will face federal criminal prosecutions for illegal entry and illegal re-entry after deportation. Those who are not being federally prosecuted are detained in ICE custody and will be processed administratively for removal from the U.S.
"ICE officers in New England continue to enforce immigration laws as they have always done, targeting criminal aliens and removing them from our streets. Despite unjustified criticism, our officers continue to work daily with professionalism and integrity to enforce immigration law and protect our communities from criminal aliens," Lyons said.