Published December 12, 2017


Consistent with policies of previous administrations, U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division has been focusing their enforcement operations arresting noncitizens with criminal convictions, or previous deportation orders.

Below are highlights of ICE operations in New Jersey and Michigan as featured in recent DHS press releases:

Earlier this month, ICE in New Jersey carried out a 5 day operation and arrested 101 non-U.S. citizens – ranging in age from 20 to 71 years of age – many of whom illegally reentered the U.S. following a previous deportation order, failed to depart pursuant to a previous deportation order, committed deportable criminal offenses or otherwise violated U.S. immigration laws, including:

—  A Mexican citizen residing in the U.S. without immigration status and with a conviction for sexual assault on a minor

—  A Mexican citizen convicted of sexual assault of a minor

—  A Turkish citizen convicted of possession of child pornography

—  A Peruvian citizen convicted of invasion of privacy-recording a sexual act w/o consent

—  A Colombian citizen convicted of aggravated battery and domestic violence assault

—  A Spanish citizen convicted of storing/maintaining child pornography

—  A Philippines citizen convicted of possession of methamphetamine

—  A Dominican citizen convicted of cocaine distribution and possession

—  A Guyanese citizen convicted of aggravated assault with a weapon

—  An Egyptian citizen convicted of possession of heroin

—  An El Salvadorian citizen convicted of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury

—  A Korean citizen convicted of distribution of cocaine

ICE also carried out a similar operation in western Michigan in recent weeks, targeting the same class of criminal and/or immigration law violators, leading to the arrest of 27 foreign nationals, including:

—  A 31-year-old Mexican citizen with convictions for assault and battery, domestic violence, and indecent exposure

—  A 23-year-old Mexican citizen with convictions for assault on a police officer or probation officer, 3rd degree, and failure to stop at the scene of an accident

Like most any foreign national arrested and placed in removal proceedings, these individuals all have the right to hire an attorney at no cost to the government and to defend against removal proceedings.   With few exceptions though, individuals with previous deportation orders, or who illegally reentered the U.S. following deportation, do not have the right to a new hearing or defense, as they have already been afforded due process of law in previous proceedings.


PUBLISHED December 12, 2017– “IMMIGRATION LAW FORUM” Copyright © 2017, By Law Offices of Richard Hanus, Chicago, Illinois