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August 4, 2023Jackson, MS, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO New Orleans arrests 7 during weeklong operation

JACKSON, Miss. — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) New Orleans’ suboffice in Jackson arrested seven unlawfully present individuals who pose a threat to public safety in a weeklong operation.

The efforts targeted noncitizens residing in Mississippi who have public safety arrests or convictions and those with a final order of removal and no pending appeals.

Among those arrested were:

  • A 44-year-old citizen of the Dominican Republic who was convicted of possession of cocaine, assault with a weapon, possession of a controlled substance, theft offenses, assault and weapon violations. He will remain in custody pending removal proceedings.
  • A 25-year-old citizen of Nigeria who has a felony conviction for arson. He will remain in custody pending administrative removal proceedings.
  • A 44-year-old previously removed citizen of Mexico who unlawfully reentered the United States and was arrested on DUI charges. He will remain in custody pending removal proceedings.
  • An 18-year-old citizen of Honduras who was convicted of drug possession in a high school. She will remain in custody pending removal proceedings.
  • A 29-year-old citizen of Mexico who has two drunk driving convictions. He will remain in custody pending removal proceedings.
  • A 39-year-old citizen of Mexico who was arrested on grand larceny. He will remain in custody pending removal proceedings.
  • A 45-year-old citizen of Mexico who has two drunk driving convictions, three domestic violence convictions, and convictions for theft offenses, malicious mischief, trespassing and resisting arrest. He was also arrested for touching child for lustful purposes. He will remain in custody pending removal proceedings.
"ERO New Orleans is focused on smart and effective immigration enforcement that protects citizens by arresting and removing those who pose a public safety threat to our communities," said New Orleans Field Office Director Mellissa Harper. “ERO will continue to concentrate on locating and apprehending unlawfully present individuals who violate our laws.”

ICE officers carefully evaluated individual targets on a case-by-case basis, assessing the totality of the facts and circumstances to make informed arrest determinations. Those cases amenable to prosecution will be presented to the U.S. attorney’s office.

As one of ICE’s three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO’s mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency’s detained and non-detained populations, and repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal. ERO’s workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings, and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.

In fiscal year 2022, ERO arrested 46,396 noncitizens with criminal histories. This group had 198,498 associated charges and convictions, including 21,531 assault offenses; 8,164 sex and sexual assault offenses; 5,554 weapons offenses; 1,501 homicide-related offenses; and 1,114 kidnapping offenses.

Members of the public can report crime and suspicious activity by calling 866-347-2423 or completing the ICE tip form.

Updated: 08/04/2023