• The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE’s) operation Community Shield led to the arrest of approximately 80 individuals in Massachusetts on immigration violations. The operation concentrated on transnational criminal groups active in the area, and the arrests included representatives of more than 20 gangs. The four-day government operation resulted in arrests of 55 permanent residents (i.e., Green Card holders), who may be subject to removal from the U.S. based on criminal history. Some of the arrested individuals already had warrants of deportation pending and several others were previously deported, but re-entered the U.S.
  • ICE’s agents have arrested 13 illegal workers at a manufacturing facility in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The arrests were based on alleged document fraud and Social Security Cards and numbers misuse by the detained workers. According to ICE’s latest data, from October 2007 through July 11, 2008, the agency has made 937 criminal arrests in the course of worksite investigations. Nearly 100 of these arrests involved business managers, supervisors, human resources professionals, and business owners, on charges related to knowing employment of illegal aliens. Additionally, ICE has made more than 3,500 arrests on administrative charges concerning immigration violations on employers’ worksites.
  • In early August, ICE announced a new program intended to encourage illegal workers to self-deport from the U.S. Surprisingly, the program does not offer any specific incentives to those who might volunteer to depart from the U.S. The new program is not anticipated to bring noticeable results.