This took place after a national effort to find and remove illegal immigrants with prior criminal convictions some with multiple criminal convictions. US immigration and customs enforcement better known as ICE conducted a nationwide sweep that lasted seven days which detained immigrants with felony convictions such as: manslaughter attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, drug trafficking, child abuse, sexual crimes and aggravated assault. ICE named this operation crosscheck and said it was the largest of its kind involved over 1900 officers and agents from the 24 field offices with police organizations offering assistance.
19 arrests occurred in Boston, many of those arrested were already considered immigration fugitives in that they had been previously ordered removed from the country but failed to leave, some had been previously deported and had reentered illegally.
Some of those arrested were presented to both local and federal authorities for criminal prosecution at least 146 of those arrested were being considered for prosecution on a variety of charges including illegal reentry after deportation a federal charge which can carry up to 20 years in prison.
There has been a lot of press lately related to illegal immigrants and criminal conduct within the state of Massachusetts. Recently there’ve been at least two arrests for OUI, which is operating under the influence or drunk driving, one incident which led to the death of an innocent third party these accidents were caused by illegal immigrants driving without a license. Massachusetts does not allow for someone to obtain a license unless they have a Social Security number making it impossible for illegal immigrants to attain a Massachusetts driver’s license.
By 2013 ICE or immigration customs enforcement will be receiving notification from all local state authorities as to the arrest or stop of any person suspected of being in the United States without proper documentation. Many are calling for Congress to take action and reform the current state of affairs as it stands for illegal immigrants who have been living and working in this country while raising families. The recent arrests of illegal immigrants have brought this topic to the forefront in Massachusetts. There are staunch advocates on both sides. The one thing that remains clear is that congressional action must be taken to clarify and establish a clear set of guidelines and expectations for those illegal immigrants who have lived in the US for many years. Without clear guidelines they will continue to be growing communities of people without any legitimate status to work, drive or vote throughout all of the United States.
Frank Fernandez is a criminal defense attorney who practices in the Latin community in Massachusetts. He also provides representation in civil litigation matters such as personal injury and medical malpractice cases. He can be reached for free consultation at 617-393-0250.