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Thursday, November 30, 2006

100% Preventable: Immigration agents arrest 45 sex offenders in NYC

Source: newsday
NEW YORK -- Immigration agents on Wednesday arrested 45 foreign-born New Yorkers who face deportation because they committed sex offenses against children.

People hailing from 19 countries were arrested in the operation.

The roundup was the latest in a series that began when New York's Department of Probation began sharing information with federal agents about sex offenders who were out of jail, but eligible for deportation.

Several of the people detained Wednesday were led from a federal building.

Those arrested included a man from Trinidad who got six months in jail for raping his 15-year-old stepdaughter, a Panamanian sentenced to probation for trying to rape an 11-year-old girl and a woman from Romania convicted of endangering the welfare of a child after having sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy.

As has been the case in previous roundups, the men and women were arrested after they showed up for scheduled visits with probation officers.

"If you are preying on our children, we will find you, arrest you and if you are not a U.S. citizen, we will remove you from this country," said Martin Ficke, special agent in charge of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in New York.

Officials said 20 of those arrested were in the country illegally. Some of the detainees will be entitled to additional appearances before immigration judge before they are deported, officials said.
Forty five down, nineteen million to go.

H/T Digger

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