Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 145 people across south and central Texas in a 7-day operation targeting criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives.
Austin had the largest share of arrests — 45. There were 41 arrests in San Antonio with others being arrested in the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Waco.
The ages of those arrested ranged from 18 to 62.
ICE says 86 of those arrested had criminal convictions, four had pending criminal charges.
Some of the criminal convictions included offenses of indecency with a child, assault, deadly conduct, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, drug possession, drug trafficking, burglary, resisting arrest, firearms offense, alien smuggling, illegally entering the United States, and driving under the influence.
Of the 145 brought in by ICE, 61 illegally re-entered the United States after having been previously deported.
A large majority of those arrested were from Mexico (128 people). The others were originally from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru and Jordan.
“The results of this operation are a clear indication of ICE’s commitment regarding the role we play in keeping our communities safe by locating, arresting and ultimately removing at-large criminal aliens who pose a threat to public safety, and other immigration fugitives,” said Daniel Bible, field office director for ERO in San Antonio. “ICE’s leadership has made clear that ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and – if found removable by final order – removal from the United States. By effecting these immigration enforcement operations, the dedicated men and women of ICE help keep our communities safe.”
One of the arrests in Harlingen involved a 42-year-old illegal alien from Mexico. ICE says he was convicted in 2011 of indecency with a child and had been sentenced to 10 years of probation.
He was arrested February 14th on federal criminal charges for illegally re-entering the United States after being deported.
Another arrest happened on February 15th that involved a 42-year-old illegal alien from Mexico in San Antonio.
This suspect was convicted in 2008 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. ICE says he was sentenced to four months in federal prison. He was also convicted of driving under the influence this past October. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
A third arrest happened February 13th. This one involved a 40-year-old illegal alien from Mexico who was caught in San Antonio.
In his case, ICE says he was deported to Mexico in 2009 after he illegally entered the United States through Laredo. Some time after that date, he got back into the country and was found at his home where agents found six handguns.
He is facing charges of re-entry after deportation and illegal alien possessing a firearm.