ICE arrests Jamaican national released on 7 separate occasions with an active detainer


NEW YORK — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested Andre Lloyd Campbell Feb. 14. Campbell, an unlawfully present Jamaican national, who has been released seven times from local law enforcement custody while on an active immigration detainer due to New York City’s sanctuary policies.

“Campbell has repeatedly been arrested for local criminal charges, and even through ICE lodged a detainer more than half a dozen times, he was allowed back on to New York City streets to re-offend,” said Thomas R. Decker, field office director for ERO New York. “What more needs to be said about the way sanctuary city policies continue to shield criminal aliens? What is known is that even with immense public scrutiny, ICE continues to prioritize the safety of New York’s law-abiding residents. Clearly our priorities are in better order than the politicians who run this city.”

Most recently, on Feb. 6, 2020, Campbell was arrested by the New York Police Department (NYPD) for the charge of Reckless Endangerment-1st Degree. ERO deportation officers lodged a detainer with the NYPD, but it was not honored and he was later released from custody. Previously, Campbell plead guilty Jan 8, 2020 to two counts of disorderly conduct, to satisfy the original arrests charges of grand larceny 4th: property taken from person, and grand larceny 4th: value property greater than $1,000.

On Feb. 14, 2020, ERO officers arrested Campbell in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently detained in ICE custody pending removal proceedings before a federal immigration judge.

ICE removed or returned 267,000 aliens in fiscal year 2019. ERO arrested 143,000 aliens, more than 86 percent of whom had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.

ICE is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members; as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, such as those who illegally re-enter the country after a prior removal, and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.