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January 14, 2021Dallas, TXUnited StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE Dallas announces immigration enforcement statistics for fiscal year 2020

DALLAS — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) announced Wednesday the fiscal year (FY) 2020 immigration statistics for the Dallas Field Office. ERO Dallas is responsible for overseeing an area of responsibility (AOR) that includes the state of Oklahoma and 128 counties in North Texas.

In FY20, ERO Dallas conducted 14,630 administrative arrests. Of those aliens with criminal history, 11,031 had criminal convictions and 3,122 had pending criminal charges at the time of their arrest. Ninety-seven percent of those arrested by ERO Dallas in FY20 had criminal history.

In FY20, ERO Dallas conducted 13,683 removals. Of those aliens removed with criminal history, 10,650 had criminal convictions and 1,599 had pending criminal charges. Ninety percent of those aliens removed by ERO Dallas in FY20 had criminal history.

Following the release of the FY20 statistics, ERO Dallas acting Field Office Director (FOD) Norman Parrish explained that the high percentage of criminal aliens arrested and removed from the U.S. in the last fiscal year is a typical result of the targeted immigration enforcement that the agency conducts.

“Approximately 97% of the aliens arrested by ERO Dallas in FY20 had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges at the time of their arrest and around 90% of those removed had a criminal history,” said Parrish. “It might surprise some people that the overwhelming majority of administrative arrests last year were criminal aliens, but that is actually typical for the agency. While all individuals in violation of our nation’s immigration laws may be subject to arrest and removal from the country, ICE prioritizes the arrest and removal of unlawfully present aliens who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.”
Updated: 01/26/2021