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Unformatted text preview: U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement agents arrested 42 immigrants from Brazil, Guatemala and Mexico on Wednesday and Thursday during a roundup of suspected immigration fugitives and violators in Newport and Middletown. "These are targeted enforcement operations," said Paula M. Grenier, public affairs officer at ICE's Boston bureau. Members of ICE's Fugitive Operations Team in Rhode Island, one of four such teams in New England, sought immigrants who had re-entered the United States illegally after having been deported, as well as those who failed to leave the country after being ordered out by an immigration judge, Grenier said. Twelve immigrants were arrested on charges of re-entering the country illegally, and 21 were arrested as fugitives who failed to comply with deportation orders, she said. The 33 already had their day in immigration court and will be deported without further hearings, Grenier said. During the two-day roundup, ICE agents also arrested nine people suspected of violating immigration law, she said. They each will have a hearing before an immigration judge to decide whether they may remain in the United States, she said. Thirty people are being held in ICE custody. The others were released "for humanitarian reasons," said Grenier, who did not elaborate. "ICE is committed to restoring integrity to our nation's immigration system, and one way to do that is to ensure removal orders are carried out," said Bruce E. Chadbourne, field office director for ICE's Office of Detention and Removal in Boston. "The United States welcomes law abiding immigrants, but foreign nationals who violate our laws and who commit crimes against those in our communities will not be allowed to stay." In May, ICE Fugitive Operations teams arrested more than 3,400 fugitives and immigration violators from across the country, according to Chadbourne. Of that number, 164 were arrested in New England. The Daily News newsroom received several phone calls throughout the day Thursday from men and women seeking information about the ongoing ICE activities in Newport and Middletown. The callers declined to give their names, saying they feared repercussions for themselves or family members....
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- Spring '08