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Dozens arrested in 5-day ICE crackdown in New YorkPosted: Updated:
A five-day sweep by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents resulted in more than 80 arrests from the Hudson Valley down to Long Island.
The massive sweep ended on Wednesday, and among those arrested was a 32-year-old Peruvian national and a 40-year-old Mexican national, both from Yonkers. A 51-year-old Mexican citizen from Mamaroneck was also arrested.
All three men are accused in separate sex abuse cases in New York City.
ICE claims more than half the people arrested were released from local custody with an "active detainer," which is an order from them to hold a person once their sentences are over.
An ICE official blasted local authorities, saying in part, "Because of senseless local laws in New York City, thousands of illegal aliens have been released; and as this trend continues, thousands more will be released back into communities to threaten the safety of our city's citizens."
Immigration advocates fired back, saying it's not up to local authorities to do ICE's job for them.
"The job of local law enforcement, which is to protect and serve everybody in our community, and we can't conflate them with ICE. They're not surrogates for ICE," says Karin Anderson Ponzer, of Neighbors Link.
ICE says despite the challenges it faces with local police departments, it will continue to aggressively crack down on illegal immigration.