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ICE operation in Texas targets 145 individuals wanted for deportation

February 26, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
ICE operation in Texas targets 145 individuals wanted for deportation Photo: U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement

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Immigration officers arrested close to 150 criminal undocumented immigrants, previously deported individuals, and foreign nationals who are facing deportation orders during a seven-day bust carried out in Central and South Texas. The operation occurred in cities across Texas, spanning from Waco to the Rio Grande Valley.

Agents U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers initiated a targeted operation on February 10th in Austin, San Antonio, Laredo, Waco, and border areas in the Rio Grande. The officers apprehended 145 individuals, mostly illegals with criminal histories, previous deportations, and orders of removal issued by a judge, the San Antonio Express reported.

Of those taken into custody, 86 had prior convictions; 39 had previous immigration violations including four with pending charges; 20 with no prior immigration history; and one with pending charges. Agents arrested 135 males and ten females, with ages ranging between 18- to 82-years-old, during the seven-day bust that concluded on February 16.

“The results of this operation are an indication of ICE’s commitment regarding the role we play in keeping communities safe by locating, arresting and removing at-large aliens who pose a threat to safety, and other immigration fugitives,” Daniel Bile, the director of the San Antonio ERO Field Office said in a statement. “ICE’s leadership has made clear that ICE will no longer exempt categories of removable aliens from enforcement. All of those in violation of the laws may be subject to arrest, detention and – if found removable by final order – removal from the United States. By affecting these enforcement operations, the dedicated men and women of ICE keep our communities safe.”

Officials added that 61 of those apprehended had been previously deported and illegally re-entered the country. The federal charge of illegally re-entering after deportation can carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years behind bars if found guilty.

Some of the offenses committed include indecency with a child, assault, deadly conduct, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, drug possession and trafficking, burglary, resisting arrest, firearms offenses, immigrant smuggling, illegal entry into the U.S., and DUI.

In total, 128 Mexicans were arrested in the operation, along with seven Guatemalans, seven from Honduras, and one each from El Salvador, Peru, and Jordan.

Officers with ICE ERO regularly conduct targeted operations against criminal foreigners, previously deported illegals, and fugitives facing orders of removal.

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