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December 12, 2017

N.J. immigration sweep by ICE leads to 101 arrests across the state
By Ted Sherman

Earlier this month, Oscar and Humberta Campos, who came to New Jersey from Mexico 30 years ago, were deported, leaving their three children behind. The couple, who lived in Bridgeton and own a landscaping company, had been working legally and paying taxes, as well as meeting regularly with immigration authorities. Nationally, nearly 90 percent of all deportation cases filed in immigration court in fiscal year 2017 do not involve criminal charges, according to data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse or TRAC, a non-partisan research group based at Syracuse University. In fact, an analysis by NJ Advance Media of immigration data compiled by the TRAC shows that over the past five years, the majority of those deported have not been convicted of any crime. In New Jersey, of 8,273 new deportation proceedings filed in immigration court in fiscal year 2017, only 414 resulted from criminal charges, that data showed.

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