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ICE arrests 40 criminal aliens in East Texas during 3-day operation

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrest 40 people Sunday (Source: ICE) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrest 40 people Sunday (Source: ICE)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 40 convicted criminal aliens during a three-day operation, completed Sunday.

The operation was conducted by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations' (ERO) Fugitive Operations Teams, who work to locate and arrest criminal aliens and immigration violators. ERO was assisted by Smith County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas police departments of Gladewater, Kilgore, Longview, Tyler and White Oak.

Ranging from 21 to 60 years old, the arrests spanned eight East Texas cities, including: 14 from Tyler, 12 from Longview, 6 from Rusk, 2 from Canton, 2 from Henderson, 2 from Marshal, 1 from Kilgore, and 1 from White Oak.

All of the individuals taken into custody, 37 men and 3 women, were criminal aliens from Mexico. Prior convictions included driving while intoxicated, felony DWI, assault with bodily injury, burglary, theft, injury to a child, and failure to identify. Of the people taken into custody, four were previously deported. According to ICE, anyone who re-enters the United States after having been deported commits a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.

Below, are four examples of the people arrested by ERO officers in this operation. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security privacy policies, names have not been included.
  • In Canton, Texas, a 37-year-old man was arrested on April 10. He was previously convicted and sentenced for multiple crimes between 1999 and 2013, including: failure to ID, assault causing bodily injury, DWI and felony DWI, and theft of property.
  • Convicted in December 2010 of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, and sentenced to 10 years incarceration (suspended), and 10 years probation, a 42-year-old-woman was arrested in Tyler, Texas on April 11. 
  • After being deported twice, and convicted and sentenced multiple times from 2006 to 2014 for crimes including: assault causing bodily injury, illegally entering the United States, and DWI, a 31-year-old man was arrested in Tyler, Texas on April 11.
  • In Longview, a 31-year-old man was arrested on April 11 after multiple convictions, including: hindering the apprehension/prosecution of a known felon (sex offender), DWI (twice), and driving while license invalid.
As illegal criminal aliens, these individuals will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of their immigration proceedings.

In 2013, ICE was responsible for 368,644 removals in the United States. Eighty-two percent of those individuals had previously been convicted of a criminal offense.

“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.

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