The officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Boston, has removed an illegally present Irish national July 20, 2020 who was convicted of participation in the 1993 bombing of a Northern Irish police station.
Darcy Gearoid McMenamin, an Irish national and member of the Irish Republican Army organization, was removed after an immigration judge in Boston denied his request to remain in the U.S. June 3, 2020. According to ICE, “McMenamin has a history of terrorism-related crime in Ireland, to include a conviction for participation in the bombing of a Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) police station near Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, in 1993, for which he received a sentence of eight years in prison in Northern Ireland”.
“There is no safe haven in the U.S. for foreign nationals convicted of terrorist activities. ERO Boston officers still continue their duties even during these trying times,” said Todd M. Lyons, field office director for ERO Boston.
“Those who believe they can hide in the U.S. from their crimes including terrorist activities they committed in other countries are in for a rude awakening. ICE remains committed to removing dangerous foreign nationals from the U.S., even those who may have managed to evade immigration law for a lengthy period of time.”
McMenamin entered and departed the U.S. via the visa waiver program multiple times between 2000 and 2007, but never disclosed his criminal history on his arrival and departure record as required. In 2007, U.S. Customs and Border Protection provided McMenamin port-authorized parole into the U.S. for a few days for the birth of his child, but he never departed in violation of U.S. immigration law.