SAN ANTONIO (Texas News Radio) — Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 45 illegal aliens in south and central Texas during a five-day operation, which ended Thursday.
The agency said most of those arrests were made in the Rio Grande Valley, with 24 people taken in. Agents also arrested 10 people in Austin, eight in San Antonio, and three in Waco.
Of the 45 arrested, 41 were men and four were women coming from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Malaysia.
ICE said 40 of those arrested had prior criminal histories. Some of the crimes they had been convicted or accused of varied greatly from assault, child fondling and alien smuggling to marijuana possession and failure to report a crash.
Four of the arrested were fugitives with a final order of removal, 27 others had illegally re-entered the United States after being deported.
“ERO enforces the nation’s civil immigration laws with direct significance for our national security, public safety, border integrity and immigration controls,” said ICE San Antonio Field Office Director Daniel A. Bible. “This proactive law enforcement operation thwarted the efforts of criminal aliens and provided a public service opportunity for the men and woman of ERO to protect our communities through efficient enforcement strategies.”
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