According to ICE, “Operation Crosscheck” was a resounding success. Our office had received anecdotal reports of as well consulted with people who were caught up in this recent dragnet, and now the statistics are actually out. According to the Asbury Park Press, the latest ICE sweep rounded up 2901 individuals in one week. In New Jersey, 86 convicted criminals were apprehended. In Monmouth alone, four people were picked up. More than 1600 had felony convictions, but our office received many calls from people who had minor, disorderly persons/misdemeanor type offenses. The point here is that individuals with criminal records, even if they are from municipal court, should definitely consult with a lawyer to determine both the criminal and immigration ramifications. Anyone (assuming that you are not already a US Citizen) who has even been arrested, even if for something like DWI or Driving While Suspended, is potentially vulnerable. It’s only a matter of how wide ICE decides to broaden its target efforts. Of course, being arrested and being convicted are two different things, but do you really want to be in court or worse, detention, litigating that difference?
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