CaribWorldNews, RICHMOND, VA, Fri. July 30, 2010: A 49-year-old Guyanese national was among 87 migrants recently nabbed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
Robert Cummings, a convicted green card holder, was arrested in Richmond, VA for immigration violations. His criminal history includes felony convictions for possession of a weapon and intent to distribute cocaine. He has been placed in removal proceedings.
Cummings was among seventy-five foreign nationals with criminal records and 12 fugitives arrested in the Commonwealth of Virginia and Washington, D.C., following two enforcement surges this summer.
The Northern Virginia area accounted for the largest number of arrests made during the operation, where a total of 57 convicted criminal aliens and fugitives were arrested. Twenty-eight criminal aliens and fugitives were arrested in southern and central Virginia.
Of the 87 arrested, 74 were men and 13 were women. They represent more than 19 different nations, including countries in Latin America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Africa.
`A top priority for ICE is to locate and arrest convicted criminal aliens and ultimately remove them from our country in a safe and humane manner,` said Washington Field Office Director for ICE`s Enforcement and Removal Operations Henry Lucero. `Those who come to the United States to prey upon communities in Virginia and Washington, D.C. will be prosecuted for their crimes and ultimately returned to their home countries. The results of these operations demonstrate ICE`s commitment to that principle.`
ICE removed a total of 136,126 criminal aliens from the United States last year, a record number.