ICE arrests more than 200 illegal alien criminals in Texas, Oklahoma stings

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested another 89 criminal illegal aliens in North Texas and Oklahoma during its latest three-day sting in March that targeted violent criminal aliens and illegals with existing orders of removal. Their action follows a previous round-up of more than 150 caught in February.

The majority arrested were in Dallas and its surrounding cities. “Eight people were arrested in Dallas, four in Fort Worth, three in Plano, three in Denton, three in Garland, three in Rockwall and two in Lewisville,” according to the local Fox News affiliate television station.

More than 75 percent taken into custody had committed serious crimes; 59 were from Mexico and 12 were from Guatemala.

“Sixty-seven of the 89 arrested had criminal histories,” Breitbart News reported. “Officials stated that those histories include: aggravated assault family strong-arm, aggravated assault of a public servant, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, alien smuggling, assault causing bodily injury, assault causes bodily injury family violence, assault, child abuse, criminal mischief, dangerous drugs, discharge of a firearm, driving while intoxicated, fraud, illegal entry, indecent lewd acts with a child under 16, larceny, liquor violation, manufacture and distribution of a controlled substance, negligent homicide, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamines, possession of a controlled substance, racketeering, rape, robbery and making terroristic threats.”

Assisted by Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) worked with ICE to catch repeat offenders. An ICE press release on the raids stated: “Twenty-three of those arrested illegally re-entered the United States after having been previously deported, which is a felony. Depending on an alien’s criminality, an alien who re-enters the United States after having been previously deported commits a felony punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison – if convicted.”

The press release also states:

This North Texas and Oklahoma operation removed 67 criminal aliens from our streets and our communities. 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.

ICE listed examples of several illegal criminals arrested during the three-day sweep:

  • 28-year-old illegal alien from Mexico and confirmed gang member was arrested who had been convicted of making a terroristic threat in 2013 and only sentenced to six months’ probation.
  • 42-year-old Mexican citizen was arrested and convicted of manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance in 2012 and was sentenced to five years of in prison.  He was removed in 2015, and illegally re-entered the U.S. in 2016.
  • 27-year-old Vietnamese citizen was arrested and convicted for Rape 2, and two counts of indent/lewd acts with child under 16 in 2012, he was respectively sentenced to 15 years (suspended) and to 20 years (suspended) for each count.
  • 28-year-old Mexican citizen who was arrested is currently wanted by authorities in Hidalgo, Mexico, for a homicide committed in 2009. He also was convicted in Texas for driving while intoxicated.

In February ICE apprehended roughly 150 criminal illegal aliens in Texas who also had outstanding orders of removal. They were apprehended in across a large area spreading from Waco in Central Texas to the Rio Grande Valley.

“Of those arrested, 86 had previous criminal convictions; 39 had previous immigration violations including four with pending criminal charges; 20 with no previous immigration history; and one with pending criminal charges, officials stated,” Breitbart News reported. “Officers arrested 135 men and 10 women during the seven-day operation that ended on February 16. They ranged in age from 18 to 62.”

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