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U.S. Immigration Rounds Up Seven Illegal Aliens in Virgin Islands in Massive Sweep Over Three Regions

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MIAMI — It’s the start of the Easter weekend for many, but for 271 immigrants, including several from the Caribbean nabbed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers, it won’t be a Happy Easter.

The Caribbean immigrants were mostly nabbed in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida and Puerto Rico during ICE enforcement action that ran from March 18 to 22.

The immigrants rounded up and detained pending deportation are from: Cuba, Haiti, Anguilla, The Bahamas, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Guyana and Jamaica.

Of those arrested by ICE during the enforcement action, 99 had criminal records that included felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as 1st degree murder, attempted murder, vehicular manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault, attempted robbery, battery, burglary, child neglect, cruelty toward a child, domestic violence, drugs charges such as possession and trafficking, weapons offenses, abuse of the elderly.

Others were arrested for minor infractions including driving under the influence, harboring undocumented immigrants, traffic offenses and trespassing.

Arrests took place in 23 Florida counties, including 76 in Miami Dade and 65 in Broward while 11 were arrested in Puerto Rico, and seven in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Among those nabbed was a Cuban citizen in Miami Dade who was convicted of attempted murder and a Haitian national and Bloods gang member in New York.

The Haitian national, according to ICE, has multiple criminal convictions, including: burglary, patronized prostitution, possession of marijuana, meth and cocaine, criminal possession of a weapon, and rape in the first degree. He was designated as a registered sex offender for life and served five years in prison for rape.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.


  1. Bill
    April 12, 2018 at 3:07 PM — Reply

    Under what level of ignorance does seven equal massive in the English language?

    • April 12, 2018 at 3:58 PM — Reply

      Well, it took place in three places at the same time. U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

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