In the month of April 2019, fourteen (14) Jamaican nationals were nabbed by NYPD and undercover Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in the state of New York. The men are now pending deportation from the United States as ICE continues its sweep in the state.

Of the 14 Jamaicans in custody, 7 were arrested during apartment raids carried out in the Bronx and Brooklyn, many of which are overstaying or working illegally.

Three Jamaicans were reportedly found at a construction site employed as construction workers without having work permits.

The last four were questioned then subsequently arrested by ICE officials at subway stations and on trains in the boroughs of Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Two men who are suspected to have murder and attempted murder charges in Jamaica were deported in April, one of which, a former member of the Jamaican police force who has since disappeared from police custody.

Last month, 123 individuals were arrested in New Jersey by ICE during a month-long sweep in 14 counties of the garden state. A Jamaican was among the group.

The US government is also clamping down on individuals overstaying in the country. Jamaica is ranked #8 among the list of top twenty countries belonging to nationals who overstay in the USA.

“The Trump administration is considering suspending or limiting entry of nationals from countries with high rates of visa overstays as it seeks to clamp down on illegal immigration.

President Trump signed a memo on Monday giving the State and Homeland Security departments 120 days to come up with measures to tackle the problem.

“We have laws that need to be followed to keep Americans safe and to protect the integrity of a system where, right now, there are millions of people who are waiting in line to come to America to seek the American Dream,” Trump said.”