EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Immigration officials made dozens of arrests, including some in Rhode Island, during a three-day operation.
According to a release from the U.S.Immigration and Customs enforcement, ICE agents arrested 40 “criminal aliens” and immigration violators throughout the New England region from September 20 to 22.
ICE said some of the arrests in Rhode Island happened in Cranston, East Providence, and Providence. There were also arrests in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
“Most of the aliens targeted by ERO deportation officers during this operation had prior criminal histories that included convictions for crimes such as: assault, burglary, drug trafficking, possession of narcotics, discharge of a firearm, domestic violence, sexual exploitation of minor ,driving under the influence, fraud, illegal entry, hit and run, larceny, weapons possession, and sex offenses, among other charges,” ICE said in the release.
ICE said the person arrested in Cranston was a citizen of Guatemala who was in the country illegally. It said the person was recently convicted of aggravated domestic assault and was the subject of an ICE detainer request that the agency said was not honored by local authorities.