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ICE arrests 4 immigrants with criminal records in Jax, 76 state-wide

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FLORIDA – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 76 people with criminal records and no legal permission to be in the state of Florida last week, customs officials said. Of the 76, four were arrested in Duval County.

The arrests came as a result of an enforcement action targeting criminal aliens who pose a threat to public safety. The enforcement action was conducted from April 18 to 21.

Of the 76 people arrested, 57 of them had criminal records that included felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as lewd and lascivious behavior, sexual battery, child sex crimes, sex offenses, aggravated assault with deadly weapon, weapons charges and drug violations.

Additionally, 19 of those arrested had less serious or nonviolent violations that included larceny, petty theft, trespassing, driving under the influence, fraud and driving with no driver’s license.

The arrests were made in the Florida counties of Broward (16), Collier (2), Duval (4), Hillsborough (4), Martin (20), Miami-Dade (16), Orange (11) and municipalities in Puerto Rico (3).

"ICE is committed to making our communities safer by removing threats to our public safety," Enforcement and Removal Operations Miami field office director Marc J. Moore said. “Communities across Florida and Puerto Rico are safer today because of the hard work of our ERO officers."

Thirteen of those detained during the action are previously removed people who may be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for felony re-entry after deportation.

All of the people targeted in the operation were amenable to arrest and removal under the Immigration and Nationality Act, immigration officials said.