Forty-one people were arrested in the five boroughs of New York City over the past week as part of a national Immigration and Customs Enforcement “targeted enforcement action,” a spokeswoman for the New York field office of ICE said Monday.
ICE said 38 of the people arrested had criminal convictions, but the agency did not provide a full list of the what those criminal convictions were or a breakdown of the nationalities of the people who were arrested.
Instead officials said the arrests included “A citizen of El Salvador with a criminal conviction for assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and self-admitted MS-13 gang member.
He is a citizen of Jamaica with a criminal conviction for first degree sexual assault of a victim under the age of 11,” and “a citizen of Mexico with a criminal conviction for first degree sexual assault of a victim under the age of 11.”
Three individuals who were arrested had no criminal convictions, ICE said.
The raids sparked widespread fear among the city’s immigrant communities, and across the country.
In an emailed statement on the raids, Deborah Axt, co-executive director of Make the Road New York, said, “ICE continues to try to obscure the fact that the principal effect of its raids is to separate families and sow panic in the immigrant community.” She called the information ICE provided on the arrests “outrageously incomplete,” saying:
“We will not be fooled by the spin of this notoriously nontransparent agency, which has a long track record of being dishonest in its operations.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio has not publicly commented on the raids, but his office issued a statement over the weekend saying New Yorkers should know that city officials will never ask people about their immigration status, and New York Police Department officers “will never become immigration enforcement agents.”
Rosemary Boeglin, a spokeswoman for the mayor, wrote in an emailed statement that the mayor is “closely monitoring” reports of ICE raids.
“We will continue to stand with the nearly 40 percent of New Yorkers who are foreign born — documented or undocumented — and we will use all of the tools at our disposal to protect them from any federal overreach,” she said.
The New York Immigration Coalition, one of several immigrant advocacy groups that raised concerns about the raids, is planning a rally Tuesday in Foley Square to protest the ICE operation.