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October 29, 2020San Antonio, TX, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE announces arrests of more than 30 at-large aliens in south Texas

SAN ANTONIO – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Wednesday the results of a five-day targeted enforcement operation that resulted in the apprehension of more than 30 at-large aliens in the south Texas area of responsibility. ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers conducted the targeted enforcement actions Oct. 19 through Oct. 23, focusing on aliens subject to removal who pose a threat to public safety.

“Each arrest protects the victims involved in crimes committed by criminal aliens and prevents future ones. Criminal aliens who are illegally present in the U.S. and threaten public safety will be apprehended and removed,” said Jose Correa, field office director for ICE ERO San Antonio. “Targeted enforcement operations continue everyday as part of our efforts to protect our communities from cross-border crime and illegal immigration.”

Among those ICE arrested during the enforcement actions were:

  • a 29-year-old, aggravated felon and citizen of Honduras with multiple convictions for burglary, driving while intoxicated (DWI) and DWI with a child in the vehicle. Additionally, he was convicted and sentenced to 18 months incarceration by the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Texas for illegal reentry into the United States. He was arrested and remains in ICE ERO custody pending removal
  • a 38-year-old, aggravated felon and citizen of Honduras with a conviction of possession with intent to distribute a schedule 2 narcotic in August 2008. He was sentenced to two years and six months incarceration. He was arrested and remains in ICE ERO custody pending removal.

Last fiscal year, 86 percent of those arrested by ICE had criminal convictions or pending charges. ICE focuses its resources on those who pose the greatest threat to public safety.

In FY 2019, ICE arrested individuals with more than 1,900 convictions and charges for homicide, 1,800 for kidnapping, 12,000 sex offenses, 5,000 sexual assaults, 45,000 assaults, 67,000 crimes involving drugs, 10,000 weapons offenses, and 74,000 DUIs. ICE continues to target criminal aliens and other public safety and national security threats every day.

ICE does not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All those in violation of immigration law may be subject to arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States. ICE takes many factors into account when targeting and arresting individuals, including their criminal and immigration history.

Every day, ICE officers enforce U.S. immigration laws that enable them to remove dangerous criminal aliens and immigration violators from our communities.