NEWARK, N.J. — On Sept. 27, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Newark arrested a Mexican national in Bridgeton who was convicted of endangering-sexual conduct with a child. A federal judge gave the noncitizen, who is 48, a three-year suspended prison sentence and supervised parole for life.

“This individual is a clear danger to our community with multiple illegal reentries into the U.S.,” said ERO Newark Field Office Director John Tsoukaris. “Our officers are to be commended for their commitment to enforcing our nation’s immigration laws and protecting the community from such predators.”

The undocumented noncitizen entered the United States on an unknown date at an unknown location. U.S. Customs and Border Protection removed him from the country twice previously — once in March 2005 and again in March 2009. The noncitizen is currently in ICE custody pending removal from the United States. He is amenable to criminal prosecution for multiple illegal reentries.

Noncitizens placed into removal proceedings receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts, which are administered by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). EOIR is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice and is separate from the Department of Homeland Security and ICE. Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case. ICE officers carry out the removal decisions made by the federal immigration judges.

In fiscal year 2022, ERO arrested 46,396 noncitizens with criminal histories. This group had 198,498 associated charges and convictions, including 21,531 assault offenses; 8,164 sex and sexual assault offenses; 5,554 weapons offenses; 1,501 homicide-related offenses; and 1,114 kidnapping offenses.

As one of ICE’s three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO’s mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency’s detained and non-detained populations, and repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal. ERO’s workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings, and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.

Members of the public can report crime and suspicious activity by calling 866-347-2423 or completing the online tip form.

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