Jul 28, 2014

Immigration Raid Nets 45 'Convicted Criminal Aliens' in MA and CT

The raid is part of the controversial Secure Communities immigration enforcement program.

Immigration Raid Nets 45 'Convicted Criminal Aliens' in MA and CT

Immediately after implementing its controversial "Secure Communities" program, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and law enforcement officers completed a four-day raid Monday that snagged 45 "convicted criminal aliens" in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The Connecticut Post reported the raid, which ICE officials called "Operation Threats Against the Community." The newspaper said agents apprehended felons convicted of crimes including assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a pistol without a permit, failing to register as a sex offender, indecent assault on a minor, narcotics violations and assault on a police officer.

The suspects are now in custody and subject to deportation. None of them was apprehended in .

Immigrant advocates have asked that East Haven be exempt from Secure Communities until federal charges are resolved against four town police officers accused of violating the constitutional rights of Hispanic immigrants.

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