Man Charged With Assault Faces Deportation
Sekou Conde Accused Of Trying To Strangle Wife
POSTED: 10:58 am EDT June 17, 2011
BELMONT, N.H. -- A Belmont resident indicted on charges including trying to strangle his wife has been ordered deported to his native country in Africa.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said 24-year-old Sekou Conde remains behind bars in a Massachusetts jail that houses federal detainees.
The Citizen of Laconia reported that a Belknap County Superior Court grand jury this year returned a Class B felony charge of second-degree assault, alleging Conde tried to strangle his wife.
He faces 3 1/2 years in prison if convicted.
Conde also was indicted on a Class A misdemeanor of criminal threatening.
Authorities said Conde came to the U.S. in 1999 from the African nation of Guinea.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Man Charged With Assault Faces Deportation
Monday, April 11, 2011
Arrests at court questioned
By SIMON RIOS
Monday, April 11, 2011
A spate of at least 20 immigration detentions at Nashua District Court has some immigrants, documented and undocumented, wary of appearing in court, local immigrant advocates say.
The detentions have led to questions about who is tipping off immigration officials and whether the encounters will lead to the deportation of people who have been living locally for decades.
“These people have committed no crime,” said Eva Castillo of the New Hampshire Alliance of Immigrants and Refugees. “Being here without a permit is a civil violation, not a crime.”
“For a civil violation, everybody gets to pay a fine…but for illegal immigrants, there’s no way to undo what they did,” said Castillo.
According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, between 20 and 25 such cases have occurred over the past two months.
The outcome of each of those detentions is unclear.
Castillo, who sits on the governor’s Latino affairs committee, met with one Manchester family that is facing deportation proceedings after responding to a traffic violation at Nashua District Court.
Castillo questioned how ICE is gathering information about whom to arrest and when. She also wonders why this is happening in Nashua and not in a place like Manchester, where she says the police do not contact ICE when someone’s residency is in question.
“I don’t know who’s tipping them off, if ICE decides to go on their own, if somebody at the court is doing it, if it’s the police,” Castillo said. “I have no idea what’s going on.”
Nashua Police Chief Donald Conley said Nashua police are cooperating with ICE officials, but said there is no official partnership between the two agencies.
“There is no specific operation in place relative to seeking those that are undocumented,” Conley said. “But there are times we do arrest people, if we feel they are not documented, then we may call ICE and they will make a determination as to whether or not they want to intervene.”
Conley suggested that ICE agents use court dockets to cross-reference names of undocumented individuals.
Chuck Jackson, public affairs officer at ICE headquarters in Boston, addressed that question directly.
“Only individuals who have been referred to ICE by the prosecutor or police are arrested, and no other individuals present at the courthouse are interviewed by ICE,” he said in an email.
Detained in Nashua
Five weeks ago, 19-year-old Juan Valdez was stopped by the Nashua police and ticketed for driving without a license. On March 14, he appeared in court to plead guilty and pay his fine, but was confronted by agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Valdez sat in the living room of his Manchester home surrounded by dozens of burning votive candles and an altar to the saints as he described the course of events that day. He was with his father, mother and sister.
Valdez said the traffic violations clerk seemed to be taking extra time, as if to give the ICE agent a greater opportunity.
After he paid the fine and was getting ready to leave, the immigration official approached him.
He was then taken into the basement of the courthouse and detained by ICE.
Juan’s mother, who had accompanied him to his hearing, was also detained by ICE that day, she said.
“The agent asked me if I had my papers,” said Gloria Valdez. “I said I have my passport.”
Rather than be interviewed, they were put into the holding cells in the basement of Nashua District Court, Gloria Valdez said. The agent “said he wanted to speak with us, but it wasn’t to speak, it was to shackle us.”
Three weeks later, she said marks on her wrists were from the lingering bruises left by the handcuffs.
“They treat us like criminals, like we’d committed a crime, but we didn’t do anything,” Gloria said.
Gloria was soon released, but Juan was taken to Manchester, where he was questioned further. He was eventually brought to a detention facility in Dover.
Though not immediately apparent, Juan suffers from a reading disability and wears a hearing aid for deafness in his left ear. He also has impaired vision, and his glasses were confiscated by the guards at the facility, he said.
“When I was in there, I was praying to get out,” Juan said. “That’s like a whole different world that you never imagine to be in.”
While Juan was locked up, a cast of community members rushed to his support, including clergy, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s office, and state Rep. Pat Long, who represents the district where the Valdez family resides.
Attorney Enrique Mesa, who is representing the Valdez family, said Juan was released a week after his arrest, when it was demonstrated that he had mental disabilities.
“It’s discretionary,” Mesa said. “If they wanted to keep him in there, they could have. But I’m glad somebody (at ICE) has compassion, and we were able to bring him out.”
Manuel Valdez is Juan’s father. He supports his family working two jobs. Earnings are never enough to tuck away any savings.
“Things are getting harder and harder around here, as it’s getting easier and easier to tie someone up,” said Manuel. “This is the first time this happens to us out of the 14 years we’ve been here. Yes, we are here. But we don’t harm anybody. We’re here to work.”
The family came to Manchester 14 years ago for work in a meatpacking plant that’s now closed. Manuel now works in metal fabrication.
Juan said his parents brought him here at the age of 3 to live a better life. “Something they never had when they were over there,” he said in a somber tone. “I think that’s what every Spanish dad wants for their son.”
Now, he’s afraid of being deported to a country he knows almost nothing about. “I never been to Mexico, I don’t know nobody there. I never grew up there.”
The Valdez family now lives in limbo, not knowing whether they will be deported to Mexico.
Juan and both parents await a hearing at immigration court in Boston. Though all three are charged with entering the country illegally, Mesa said Juan’s parents stand a good chance at receiving permission to stay.
Their 2-year-old daughter, a U.S. citizen, suffers from lupus. A federal law states that if a citizen will suffer extreme hardship at the separation from parents or spouse, those relatives can be eligible for cancellation of removal.
But this doesn’t apply to siblings, and Juan now being a legal adult only complicates matters.
“Right now how the law’s set up, they don’t look at the hardship of the actual immigrant, the law is very blind to that,” Mesa said. “The law only cares about how the U.S. citizen is going be affected.”
Mesa said the only thing they can do is hope for the benevolence of an immigration judge, whose discretion will determine the fate of the Valdez family. “I think you have judges that are by the book, and you have compassionate judges.”
Sunday, March 27, 2011
6 arrested over immigration laws
By Casey Farrar
Published: Sunday, March 27, 2011
Six people were arrested Wednesday in Keene on immigration law violations, according to federal officials.
Those arrested are awaiting further administrative proceedings, according to Chuck Jackson, a spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Jackson declined to provide further information on the arrests.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Trio arrested in drug sweep still not identified
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
– ANDREW WOLFE
NASHUA – The federal Department of Homeland Security has refused to identify the three people, including one U.S. citizen, that its agents took into custody from Nashua.
City police divulged earlier this month that three Nashua residents were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as part of a nationwide sweep targeting street gangs.
A spokesman with the agency in Boston, Chuck Jackson, responded to The Telegraph’s request for further information. He confirmed the three arrests but refused to name the people arrested or reveal their current custody or bail status, all of which is information routinely released by state and local police forces.
Jackson identified the people arrested as follows:
“Male, 18, from Dominican Republic, with legal permanent residence status and a non-violent member of the Folk Nation gang, arrested on 2/8 on a criminal drug charge.
“Male, 19, from Mexico, non-violent associate of the Folk Nation gang, arrested on 2/9 on administrative immigration charges.
“Male, 18, U.S. citizen, non-violent associate of the Folk Nation gang, arrested on 2/8 on a criminal drug charge.”
Police and federal law enforcements routinely, though temporarily, withhold arrest information when in the midst of an ongoing investigation. Jackson didn’t say whether that was the case, however.
Federal authorities released a press release early this month announcing the sweep and some 700 arrests nationwide.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Two arrested on I-91; police say they're in the country illegally
Updated Dec. 2, 8:40 p.m.
By SENTINEL STAFF
Published: Thursday, December 02, 2010
BRATTLEBORO — Two people from Peru in the country illegally were detained after the car they were riding in was stopped on Interstate 91 in Brattleboro Thursday morning, Vermont State Police said.
Javier Cruz-Quispe, 36, and Darwin Quispe-Cruz, 34, both of Queens, N.Y., were taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents, according to a State Police news release.
State Police were monitoring traffic near Exit 3 when they stopped a northbound car for speeding, according to the news release. Police said they discovered the two passengers had previously been detained by immigration officials, but had failed to appear for their deportation hearings. They were found to be in the country illegally and were taken to the State Police barracks in Brattleboro and turned over to border patrol agents.
The driver of the car was ticketed for speeding and issued a warning for failure to keep right on the interstate.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Six undocumented/illegal immigrants arrested in Tamworth and Jackson
By MICHAEL COUSINEAU
New Hampshire Union Leader Staff
Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010
JACKSON – Authorities arrested six undocumented/illegal immigrants this week in Tamworth and Jackson. They were turned over to the custody of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents, state police said Thursday.
Four from Honduras were arrested around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday by state and local police at an undisclosed construction site in Jackson.
They were identified as Linsi Teller Martinez-Turcios, 29; Nestor Humberto Ramirez Rivera, 45; Cristopher Gustavo Martinez-Martinez, 25; and Rufino Contreras, 32.
Information received from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol led state police to believe that Martinez-Turcios was working in the Jackson area for a local construction company and that he was wanted for a subsequent illegal immigration violation after he had previously been deported from the United States for a similar violation, according to state police.
This tip came after state police arrested two other undocumented/illegal immigrants on Route 16 in Tamworth on Monday.
The two men from Mexico were identified as Jose Robles-Carrera, 32; and Luis Manuel Ramirez, 21.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
First removals executed under New Hampshire Rapid REPAT program
ethiopianreview.com | February 8th, 2010 at 3:27 pm
CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn announced that nine inmates who were serving sentences in the New Hampshire State Prison were transferred to the jurisdiction of U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) to be deported to their homelands. They were conveyed to ICE agents on Feb. 2.
“Today’s transfer of eligible parolees to ICE in New Hampshire represents a significant step forward in removing criminal aliens from the country,” said Bruce Chadbourne, field office director for ICE’s Office of Detention and Removal Operations in Boston. “ICE anticipates working closely and cooperatively with the New Hampshire Department of Corrections throughout the process.”
“Rapid REPAT is a positive program that decreases the prison population and reduces corrections costs,” Corrections Commissioner William Wrenn said. “This is a way to expeditiously return them to their country of origin. We anticipate as many as 50 inmates could qualify for this program.”
These are the first inmates who qualified for conditional early release and deportation through a new agreement between the state and ICE under the Rapid REPAT (Removal of Eligible Parolees Accepted for Transfer Program. The Rapid REPAT agreement is one part of ICE ACCESS (Agreements of Cooperation in Communities to Enhance Safety and Security), the umbrella of services that provide local law enforcement agencies opportunities to team with ICE to combat specific public safety challenges.
Under Rapid REPAT, certain aliens who are incarcerated in state prisons and who have been convicted of non-violent offenses may receive early conditional release if they have a final order of removal and agree not to return to the U.S. Only aliens convicted of non-violent offenses are eligible for the program and they must cooperate fully throughout the removal process.
If an alien re-enters the U.S. after being removed under this program, state statutes may provide for revocation of parole and confinement for the remainder of the alien’s original sentence. Additionally, they may be prosecuted under federal statutes that provide for up to 20 years in prison for illegally reentering the United States.
Of the nine offenders, eight are citizens of the Dominican Republic and one is a citizen of Mexico. All were serving sentences for drug-related offenses.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Thrice-deported man nabbed again in N.H.
April 23, 2009 9:05 AM
MILFORD, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say a Canadian national who has been kicked out of the United States three times has been sentenced to nine months in jail for having come back yet again.
The Telegraph reports 45-year-old Bruce Morine had been jailed since his arrest and indictment last year, after federal immigration agents found he was living in Milford.
Morine, also known as Terry Morine, Bruce Kelly, and Kevin Kelly, had been deported from the United States three times from October 1986 through May 2008. Morine was sentenced to six years in prison in 1988, after he was convicted of re-entering the U.S. and transportation of stolen goods, prosecutors stated in court records.
Morine could have faced up to 20 years in prison, but was sentenced to nine months after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. Prosecutor say although he's already served his sentence, he will remain in custody pending deportation.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Belmont police arrest illegal alien
Saturday, March 14, 2009
BELMONT — Authorities are holding an illegal alien from Mexico on charges of driving after suspension while the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is preparing criminal charges against him.
Belmont Police Officer Kevin Baron stopped a truck on Route 3 at approximately 3:30 p.m. for a minor motor vehicle violation, according to Police Chief Vinnie Baiochhetti. The officer found that the driver of the vehicle, who gave his name as Angel Silva Ventura of 199 Wilson St. No. 2, Manchester, had a suspended license.
Upon further investigation with ICE, Ventura was found to be in the United States illegally from Mexico.
Ventura eventually was taken to the Belknap County Department of Corrections jail while awaiting further criminal charges.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Two who fled from Rochester police are suspected of being illegal immigrants (Foster's Daily Democrat)
Two who fled from Rochester police are suspected of being illegal immigrants
By JOEY CRESTA
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
ROCHESTER — A man and woman who allegedly fled from police after a minor accident on Ten Rod Road Monday night may be in the country illegally and are being held in county jail pending an investigation by immigration officials.
Jose Marcelo Herrera-Sanchez, a.k.a. Manuel Sanchez, 26 and Maria Lopez-Payan, 31, both of 31 Academy St. were arrested Monday night after fleeing from police who were investigating the two-car accident. The two were passengers in a vehicle involved in a minor two-car accident, according to Capt. Paul Callaghan, and they fled when police went to conduct a pat search on Herrera-Sanchez after noticing a bulge in his pocket.
Callaghan said the pair ran into the nearby woods. Police called in a K-9 unit and the dogs found Lopez-Payan hiding under a tree while an officer found Herrera-Sanchez also hiding in the woods. Callaghan said the unit was called in not only because the two allegedly committed a crime, but also to look out for their welfare in the cold temperatures.
Herrera-Sanchez and Lopez-Payan are both from Mexico, according to Callaghan, and arrived in the United States earlier this month. He said they originally arrived in Los Angeles, Calif., and came to Rochester by bus about two weeks ago. Neither speaks fluent English and an interpreter was present during their arraignments Tuesday in Rochester District Court.
After an initial investigation, police determined they were here illegally and they are now being held in Strafford County jail on a 48-hour immigration hold. Callaghan said the hold is to provide time for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to conduct an investigation into their status.
They are each charged with Class A misdemeanors of resisting arrest and not guilty pleas were entered on their behalf. Callaghan said Herrera-Sanchez allegedly gave police the false name of Manuel Sanchez. That allegation is still under investigation and he currently is not charged with giving a false report to police.
He and Lopez-Payan are each being held on $2,500 cash bail. If either posts, they will be monitored with a GPS by Strafford County Community Corrections.
Trial dates are scheduled for April 14 at 1 p.m. for both Herrera-Sanchez and Lopez-Payan. Callaghan said the court will work with the public defender's office to contract attorneys fluent in Spanish to ensure they are properly represented. It will be up to immigration officials to determine deportation, but he said that should happen after their New Hampshire charges are resolved.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Illegal alien caught for the fifth time
October 22, 2008 - 12:00 am
The Associated Press
A native of Mexico who has been deported four times is being detained in New Hampshire after returning to the United States again. Federal prosecutors in Concord say 33-year-old Enrique Ramirez-Reyes of Nashua pleaded guilty Monday to illegally entering the country after being deported. The U.S. attorney's office says he will be detained pending a sentencing hearing scheduled for Jan. 27.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Officials say four Brazilians will be deported
Had prior arrests
Four of the seven Brazilians taken into custody after a traffic stop Wednesday in Keene had prior arrests for immigration violations and a federal judge had issued warrants to have them deported.
"They had outstanding warrants, which means they will be removed from the U.S.," said Paula M. Grenier, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "They're in our custody now."
The other three Brazilians have been charged with their first immigration violations.
Their cases will go to Immigration Court in Boston, where a federal judge will decide whether they should be deported, Grenier said.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Arrested in Marlborough, 2 Mexicans face deportation
MARLBOROUGH – Two Mexican men who were stopped for allegedly speeding in a school zone have been deemed illegal aliens and could be deported, police say.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers took the men into custody Monday, police said. Adan Guijarro-Sanchez, 32, and Victor Garcia, 47, were ordered held without bail pending a deportation hearing.
The men were stopped on Route 101 on Thursday, police said.
Neither man had proper identification, police said. Both were taken to the Keene Police Department, where their fingerprints were taken.