April 2nd, 2012 | City

ICE arrests 145 New England residents

ICE agents, like those shown above, made thousands of arrests nationwide during a six-day sweep.
ICE agents, like those shown above, made thousands of arrests nationwide during a six-day sweep. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

In a six-day nationwide sweep of illegal immigrants that ended Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 145 New England residents, including one in New Haven.

The Connecticut arrests were part of 3,100 arrests ICE has made since last Wednesday, when its Enforcement and Removal Operations agency began the latest crackdown on undocumented residents convicted of serious crimes. Of the 145 people arrested in New England, 119 had prior criminal convictions including six who have been convicted of sex offenses, ICE said in a Tuesday press release. Thirty-two Connecticut residents were arrested in all. Nationwide, over 1,000 of those arrested have multiple criminal convictions.

“The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE’s ongoing commitment to public safety,” said Dorothy Herrera-Niles, field office director of ICE’s ERO for New England, in the a statement. “When we focus on the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens and immigration fugitives, we get an immediate payback in our communities.”