ICE Arrests of Undocumented Up 20% in New Jersey Since October

NJTV News | April 26, 2017 | Immigration
Head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Newark confirms effects of new directives from Trump administration

Agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) say they are arresting more undocumented immigrants in New Jersey because of new directives from the Trump administration.

Arrests are up 20 percent since last October. And removals by Newark ICE are up 30 percent from the same period last year.

John Tsoukaris, head of ICE in Newark, confirmed in an interview with NJTV news correspondent Brenda Flanagan that orders from the Trump administration have changed who gets detained and why.

ICE operations are “targeted,” Tsoukaris said. He added, “So we’re not out in the street just stopping, for example, a van or on the street corner or on a bus. We’re after specific individuals… If we encounter other individuals that are here illegally as part of that operation, then we will take action against those individuals as well.”

Read the full interview on NJTV News Online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.