ICE worksite enforcement investigations already double over last year

WASHINGTON – Less than seven months after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Thomas Homan issued a directive that called for increased worksite enforcement investigations to ensure U.S. businesses maintain a culture of compliance, the agency’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has already doubled the amount of ongoing worksite cases this fiscal year compared to the last fully completed fiscal year. From Oct. 1, 2017, through May 4, HSI opened 3,510 worksite investigations; initiated 2,282 I-9 audits; and made 594 criminal and 610 administrative worksite-related arrests, respectively. In comparison,…

Louisiana legislature honors ICE and its partners as part of Public Service Recognition Week

Management and Administration ERO New Orleans AFOD Brian Acuna, HSI Baton Rouge RAC Ron Militana, State Rep. Valarie Hodges, Task Force Commander Lawrence Callender and CBP Baton Rouge Port Director Pat Tyrell As part of national Public Service Recognition Week, the Louisiana House of Representatives honored U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thursday with a House Resolution commending an ICE Homeland Security Investigations task force in Louisiana for its efforts fighting human trafficking and other cross border criminal activity throughout the state. State Representative Valarie Hodges, Vice Chair of the Louisiana…

4 Mexican nationals extradited to US for international sex trafficking offenses

NEW YORK—Following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New York, four individuals have been extradited from Mexico to the United States to face sex trafficking charges.  Efrain Granados-Corona, aka “Chavito,” aka “Cepillo,” Emilio Rojas-Romero, Alan Romero-Granados, aka “El Flaco,” and Pedro Rojas-Romero, are charged together with Raul Romero-Granados, aka “Chicarcas,” aka “El Negro,” Isaac Lomeli-Rivera,” aka “Giro,” Julio Sainz-Flores, aka “Rogelio,” and Juan Romero-Granados, aka “Chegoya,” aka “El Guero,” with sex trafficking offenses in a 23-count Superseding Indictment (the “Indictment”) in the…

ICE reaches out to more than 1,000 students during iGuardian summit

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – More than 1,000 students from the public schools in Guaynabo received tips on how to avoid falling victim to online sexual predators Monday through Thursday at the Guaynabo Police Athletic League Theater in Guaynabo. The presentation is the fifth child abuse prevention summit organized by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Puerto Rico as part of ICE’s iGuardian initiative. As part of Project iGuardian, HSI special agents in San Juan organized the Internet safety outreach for kids 12 to 16…

ICE returns thousands of ancient artifacts seized from Hobby Lobby to Iraq

WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned 3,800 ancient artifacts, including cuneiform tablets, cylinder seals, and clay bullae, to the Republic of Iraq. The artifacts were smuggled into the United States in violation of federal law and shipped to Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc, a nationwide arts-and-crafts retailer. “On behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and thanks to the hard work of the Office of the Special Agent in Charge in New York, it is a great honor for me to return so many priceless cultural artifacts to…

IPR Center celebrates tenth anniversary on World IP Day

WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), FBI and other partner agencies with the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) renewed their fight today against counterfeiting and IP theft that threaten the safety of American consumers, levy negative impacts on the U.S. economy and fund transnational criminal organizations, during at an event recognizing the center’s tenth anniversary. Intellectual property enforcers from across federal law-enforcement gathered at the ICE-led IPR Center in Arlington, Virginia, on World IP Day…

Relationship building key to HSI Syracuse success

Jeremiah “Jake” Healey knows upstate New York well, having grown up a young hockey player in Camillus, a town approximately 15 miles west of Syracuse. Bad weather was the norm, especially the approximately 130 inches of snow the area gets every year. In that part of the country, however, things keep going despite the snow. A career in law enforcement ultimately led Healey to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) where he spent time at ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Nogales field office and ICE headquarters. In 2017, Healey returned…

ICE arrests 60 during public safety operation in New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 60 individuals throughout New Jersey during a 5-day public safety operation ending April 20. The operation focused on individuals illegally present in the U.S. that had been convicted of serious criminal activity, to include sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, and Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Of those arrested, 80 percent were convicted criminals, more than 20 had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had…

Liberian warlord ‘Jungle Jabbah’ receives historic sentence in immigration fraud case

PHILADELPHIA –A Liberian national was sentenced in federal court Thursday to 30 years in prison for immigration fraud and perjury. The prison term marks the longest sentence for a human rights violator case in the history of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center (HRVWCC), which supported the probe. The sentencing also caps an extensive investigation led by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Philadelphia. Mohammed Jabbateh, 51, a violent and ruthless Liberian war lord also known as “Jungle Jabbah,” who had been living in…

Defendant in deadly San Antonio tractor trailer receives life in prison

SAN ANTONIO — The defendant charged with an illegal alien smuggling operation that resulted in 10 deaths was sentenced to life in prison Friday. This sentencing was announced by Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, U.S. Attorney, John Bash, Western District of Texas, and Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in San Antonio. James Matthew Bradley Jr., 61, from Louisville, KY appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David A. Ezra, April 20 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Judge…