A disabled Army veteran said her immigrant husband and father to her four children was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in New Jersey despite being a legal resident for more than 20 years.

Alexsa Foster’s husband, Dane Foster, was arrested last week by ICE after they dropped their daughter off of at daycare in Westampton, news site NJ.com reported Thursday.


"This is not really what I fought for and signed up for when I joined the military. It's not what I thought this country could be," Alexsa Foster, 28, said.

She spent seven years in the U.S. Army and the National Guard as a mechanic. She fractured her pelvis and now suffers from seizures and migraines which leave her unable to work.

Dane Foster is a Jamaican immigrant who has been a legal resident with a green card since 1997. The couple have four children, ages 2 through 9.

His lawn maintenance service business is their main source of income for the family, NJ.com reported.

His lawyer told the outlet that he was arrested because of multiple marijuana possessions charges stemming from the early 2000s and 2014, according to NJ.com.

"Dane was convicted of simple marijuana possession – a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey," attorney Afia Yunus told the news site. "No criminal record for the past four years."

Dane Foster was not jailed for the charges and paid a fine, Yunus said.

The Trump administration has ramped up arrests of immigrants who break the law even if they have been living in the country legally for decades, the outlet noted.

ICE reportedly picked up 105 immigrants during a massive sweep in New Jersey that spanned 16 counties. Officials said those arrested in that raid were immigrants without legal status or foreign nationals who are wanted for crimes in their home countries, NJ.com reported.

Dane Foster’s previous conviction could subject him to deportation. 

“ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement actions in compliance with federal law. Dane Foster, a Jamaican national, is subject to removal from the U.S. based on his criminal history. He has been entered into immigration proceedings with the Executive Office for Immigration Review," ICE said in a statement to NJ.com.