A three-day operation by ICE targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives ended with 31 arrested from New York, including six from the Hudson Valley.

Thirty of the 31 have criminal histories, including prior convictions for sex crimes, drug offenses and fraud. One has a pending dangerous drug charge and a final order of removal, officials say.

Of the 31 who were arrested in New York, six come from the local area. Two from Dutchess County, three from Westchester County and one from Rockland County. Their names were not released.

According to ICE, the operation targeted criminal aliens who pose a public safety threat and individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who re-entered the country after being deported and immigration fugitives ordered deported by federal immigration judges.

"Law enforcement operations like this should reassure the public that ICE is committed to putting public safety first," said Thomas Decker, field office director for ERO New York. “Those who come to the United States to prey upon our neighbors and communities will be prosecuted for their crimes and ultimately returned to their home countries.”

Some will be presented for federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Those not being criminally prosecuted will be processed for removal from the country.

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