A Saint Lucian national was among eighteen individuals arrested by officers with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Miami’s Stuart sub office and officials with U.S. Border Patrol.
According to a news release, the arrests occurred during the final week of June during an operation targetting people who ‘pose a threat to public safety’.
In addition to the unnamed Saint Lucian, officers arrested ten people from Guatemala, three from Mexico, two from Honduras, and two from Brazil.
The offence for which officers arrested the Saint Lucian was not immediately apparent.
However, the news release indicated among the other detainees was a 37-year-old Guatemalan female held for hit and run, child neglect, and driving under the influence (DUI).
The group also included a 44-year-old Mexican man arrested for DUI, property damage, hit and run, and resisting an officer.
According to the news release, all noncitizens who violate United States immigration law may be subject to arrest, detention, and removal from the United States, regardless of nationality, if found removable by final order.
In addition, the release noted that noncitizens in removal proceedings receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts.
Headline photo: Stock image courtesy U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.