ICE arrests man in Forest

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Re July 18 article, "ICE arrests are hot topic": Mayor Yepsen and a few of the business owners seem to be confused about why Saratoga is being targeted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

"The State Police will continue to cooperate with ICE to the extent that they are authorized to notify ICE of the arrest and impending release of criminals sought by the federal authorities", Baker's communications director, Lizzy Guyton, said in a statement Wednesday evening. About 70 percent of the people arrested had criminal histories, including prior convictions for sex crimes, drug offenses, and fraud.

15 have pending criminal charges including assault, larceny and sexual exploitation of a minor. Fifteen have pending charges and 37 have final orders of removal. Nine of those arrested were released from local custody on an active detainer.

Most of those arrested were men and the individuals came from 35 different countries. "To have ICE deceive our communities that they are police officers only creates greater mistrust between law enforcement and the immigrant community".

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"We're hoping to make sure that the citizens of MA are fully protected and that local law enforcement can work with civil immigration agencies to protect the public", Lyons said Tuesday.

"Of those arrested during this operation, nine were released from NY custody with an active detainer, which poses an increased risk to the officers and the community".

According to the report, 11 of the individuals arrested during the enforcement action will be presented for federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. "The removal process is not a criminal prosecution".

It shouldn't be confusing to anyone who realizes what the definition reads - illegal immigrant, a person a foreigner who enters the United States without an entry or immigrant visa, especially a person who crosses the border by avoiding inspection or who overstays the period of time allowed as a visitor, tourist, or business person, called illegal immigrant.

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