Press release from ICE:
TYLER, Texas — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested 40 convicted criminal illegal immigrants during a three-day operation which concluded Saturday.
The operation was conducted by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Fugitive Operations Teams in eight east Texas cities as part of the agency's commitment to prioritize the removal of criminal aliens and egregious immigration violators. These arrests occurred in the following Texas cities: Tyler (14), Longview (12), Rusk (6), Canton (2), Henderson (2), Marshal (2), Kilgore (1) and White Oak (1). They range in age from 21 to 60 years old.
Of the individuals taken into custody, all were criminal aliens whose convictions include: driving while intoxicated (DWI) and felony DWI (three or more convictions), assault with bodily injury, burglary, theft, injury to a child, failure to identify, and others. The group also included four previously deported aliens. Anyone who re-enters the United States after having been deported commits a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.
Following are four examples of criminal aliens arrested by ERO fugitive operations officers during this east Texas operation (in accordance with Department of Homeland Security privacy policies, names are not included):
"These ICE operations target criminal aliens who prey upon and threaten our local communities," said Thomas P. Giles, field office director for ICE ERO Dallas. "Ultimately, these operations help improve public safety by removing these criminals from our streets and from our country." Giles oversees 128 counties in north Texas and the state of Oklahoma.
All of the 37 men and three women arrested during this operation were from Mexico.
The following law enforcement agencies assisted ERO with this operation: Smith County Sheriff's Office, and the Texas police departments of Gladewater, Kilgore, Longview, Tyler and White Oak.
In fiscal year 2013, ICE conducted 368,644 removals nationwide. Eighty-two percent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offense.
ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that targets serious criminal aliens who present the greatest risk to the security of our communities, such as those charged with or convicted of homicide, rape, robbery, kidnapping, major drug offenses and threats to national security. ICE also prioritizes the arrest and removal of immigration fugitives or criminal aliens who have been previously deported and illegally re-entered the country.
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