US removes 77 Nigerians to Lagos
12th June 2008: From News Africa.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has removed 77 Nigerians to Lagos.
ICE said that the majority of those removed had criminal histories and convictions in the United States, including sex crimes, felony drug possession and trafficking, fraud, and assault with a deadly weapon.
"The mission of the ICE Office of Detention and Removal is to protect national security and public safety by removing foreign nationals with criminal records from the country," said Charles Mule, acting Field Office Director for ICE detention and removal operations in Buffalo. "ICE prioritizes the arrest and removal of criminal aliens who victimize innocent people, and as a result, our communities are safer and more secure."
In fiscal year 2007, ICE removed more than 284,000 aliens from the country including over 41,000 who returned voluntarily to their country of nationality, a record for the agency. More than 93,000 had criminal histories. All of the individuals removed were provided due process through U.S. criminal and immigration courts and ICE worked closely with the foreign governments to make the return to their home countries possible.
ICE manages alien transportation and repatriation flights using government-leased and chartered aircraft. Among those removed were a Nigerian man convicted of sexual assault of a child and robbery. In addition, he has convictions for multiple misdemeanor offenses. Another Nigerian man removed had been convicted of fraud and conspiracy. Total losses incurred by his victims totaled nearly $1 million.
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