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ICE arrests 115 illegal immigrants during 5-day NJ sweep, including man wanted for murder

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents plan an early morning action on Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Los Angeles Sheriff Station parking lot in Valencia, Calif. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Federal authorities arrested 115 people in the United States illegally from 23 different countries – including one man wanted for murder – during a five-day sweep in New Jersey that ended Saturday.

In Newark, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations took into custody a 53-year-old Brazilian national wanted in that country for homicide, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday in announcing the arrests. An ICE spokesman on Wednesday did not immediately have further details on the charges or the name of the suspect.

ICE officials said 84% of the people arrested either had previous convictions or pending criminal charges.

“This targeted enforcement action focuses on the arrest of individuals convicted of serious crimes and are a threat to public safety,” Ruben Perez, acting field office director of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in Newark said in a statement. “Because of the targeted efforts of these professional officers, there are 115 fewer criminals in our communities.”

Arrests made from Jan. 27 to Feb. 1 sweep included, according to ICE:

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In Fairfield, a 58-year-old Peruvian national, who has a warrant in Peru for extortion

In North Bergen, a 44-year-old Salvadoran national, who has a conviction for endangering the welfare of a child

In Elizabeth, a 28-year-old Salvadoran national, who has a pending case in El Salvador for homicide

In Glassboro, a 60-year-old previously deported Mexican national, who has a conviction for homicide

In Guttenberg, a 40-year-old Mexican national, who has convictions for child abuse, DUI and domestic violence

In North Brunswick, a 42-year-old Jamaican national, who has convictions for drug smuggling and exporting cocaine

In Plainfield, a 31-year-old previously deported Guatemalan national, who has convictions for domestic violence and DUI

In Paterson, a 45-year-old Salvadoran national who has convictions for endangering the welfare of a child and DUI

In Passaic, a 50-year-old Bolivian national, who has multiple convictions for endangering the welfare of a child, hindering apprehension and DUI

In Pompton Plains, a 55-year-old United Kingdom national, who has convictions for arson, domestic violence and distribution of narcotics

In West Milford, a 46-year-old previously deported Mexican national, who has a conviction for criminal sexual contact involving a minor

In Paterson a 22-year-old Dominican national, who is a member of the Trinitarios gang with convictions for the offense of possession of a weapon and theft

In Paterson, a 20-year-old Salvadoran national, who is a member of the MS-13 gang

Last year, a similar ICE sweep in New Jersey resulted in the arrests of 123 immigrants in the United States illegally from 14 different countries.

Some of those arrested will face federal criminal prosecutions for illegal entry and illegal re-entry after removal, officials said.

Anyone who illegally re-enters the United States after deportation faces up to 20 years in federal prison, officials said.

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