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Eight Jamaicans among persons held in US immigration sweep in New York 

Eight Jamaicans have been numbered among 114 persons who were held during an 11-day immigration crackdown in New York, USA.

The operation that targeted criminal immigrants, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives, was carried out by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

Those who were caught in the net included 104 men and 10 women.

Aside from the Jamaicans, there were other Caribbean nationals, made up of one Barbadian, 15 from the Dominican Republic, one from Grenada, five from Haiti, and three from Trinidad and Tobago.

ICE reported that 82 of those arrested had criminal histories, including prior convictions for sex crimes, drug offenses and fraud.

The others who were taken into custody during the operation included an unidentified Jamaican who was arrested in Queens with a prior conviction of forcible touching, robbery in the first degree, and acting in manner to injure a child below the age of 17 years.

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