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ICE Boston arrests 6 illegal immigrants convicted of sex crimes in New England

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested six illegal immigrants in the New England area during a two-week period of rounding up noncitizens convicted of sex offenses across the nation.

“Today there are fewer convicted sex offenders in our communities due to the work of the officers with (Enforcement and Removal Operations),” said Todd Lyon’s, the director of ICE’s ERO office in Boston. “Public safety is our utmost priority, and this operation exemplifies our goal by getting predators and those who commit sexual violence off the streets.”

From Oct. 22 through Nov. 4, ICE arrested a total of 138 people in the “nationwide enforcement effort” to, in the words of ERO Executive Associate Director Corey Price, “remove unlawfully present individuals who have committed crimes against the innocent so they cannot continue to harm vulnerable populations within our communities.”

In New England, Boston-based ERO officers arrested six people — who were not named in a release by the agency — ranging in age from 24 through 48 who have been convicted of sex crimes.

Those include convictions include a 27-year-old citizen of El Salvador in Malden District Court, for possession of child pornography, and a 48-year-old citizen of Guatemala in Connecticut Superior Court of voyeurism and risk of injury to a child.

Others were convicted of physical assaults, like a 35-year-old Brazilian living in Lowell convicted of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years of age or the 26-year-old Honduran convicted in Portland, Maine, of two counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

Some of the people arrested nationally face an executable final order of removal, though it was unclear Tuesday if those arrested in New England are among them. The rest will be held in ICE custody pending immigration hearings under the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.

According to U.S. law, when a judge orders a person deported, “the Attorney General shall remove the alien from the United States within a period of 90 days.”

In fiscal year 2021, which spans July 2020 through June 2021 and is the most recent year for ICE data, ICE arrested 12,025 people with aggravated felony convictions, which included 1,506 homicide-related convictions, and 3,415 sexual assaults.

Of particular note during that period was the agency’s February 2021 removal of Friedrich Karl Berger back to Germany. Berger was a 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard who served the regime at a camp near Meppen, Germany.

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