Federal officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested a total of 123 criminal aliens and immigration violators throughout Central and South Texas during an eight-day enforcement action which ended Wednesday.
During the July 10-19 operation, ERO officers made arrests in the following Central and South Texas cities: Austin (13), Waco (3), Harlingen (44), Laredo (27) and San Antonio (36). Of those arrested, 115 were men; eight were women.
All the aliens targeted by ERO officers during this enforcement action had prior criminal convictions. The majority of those arrested, 93, had criminal histories that included convictions for the following crimes: aggravated assault, assault, child abuse, domestic violence, cocaine possession, fraud, driving under the influence (DUI), drug trafficking, felony marijuana possession, illegal entry, illegal re-entry after deportation, larceny, possessing a controlled substance, and weapons possession; 30 were arrested on immigration violations.
Individuals arrested during this operation are from the following countries: Mexico (102), Honduras (13), Guatemala (5) El Salvador (1) Jamaica (1) and Cuba (1).
Following are criminal summaries of the four worst offenders arrested during this operation:
During the course of the operation, two aliens that were arrested who had outstanding warrants. One alien was turned over to the ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Task Force due to an outstanding warrant for Alien Smuggling. The other was turned to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office based on an outstanding warrant for possessing marijuana. In the interest of public safety, ERO turned this alien over to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, despite the fact that it refuses to honor all ICE detainers.
All of the targets in this operation were amenable to arrest and removal under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act.
ICE deportation officers carry out targeted enforcement operations daily nationwide as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect the nation, uphold public safety, and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls.
These operations involve existing and established Fugitive Operations Teams.
During the targeted enforcement operations, ICE officers frequently encounter other aliens illegally present in the United States. These aliens are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and, when appropriate, they are arrested by ICE officers.
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