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January 14, 2021Houston, TXUnited StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE Houston announces immigration enforcement statistics for fiscal year 2020

HOUSTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) announced on Wednesday the fiscal year (FY) 2020 immigration statistics for the Houston Field Office. ERO Houston is responsible for overseeing an area of responsibility (AOR) that includes 54 counties stretching from the East Texas border along the Louisiana state line from Shelby County down to Brooks and Kennedy counties.

In FY20, ERO Houston conducted 10,172 administrative arrests. Of those aliens with criminal history, 8,008 had criminal convictions and 1,600 had pending criminal charges at the time of their arrest. Ninety-five percent of those arrested by ERO Houston in FY20 had criminal history.

In FY20, ERO Houston conducted 13,323 removals. Of those aliens removed with criminal history, 9,544 had criminal convictions and 947 had pending criminal charges. Seventy-nine percent of those aliens removed by ERO Dallas in FY20 had criminal history.

Following the release of the FY20 statistics, ERO Houston Field Office Director (FOD) Daniel Bible explained why the high percentage of criminal aliens arrested and removed from the U.S. in the last fiscal year is not atypical for the agency.

“ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement, prioritizing the arrest and removal of unlawfully present aliens who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security,” explained Bible. “Which leads to an overwhelming percentage of our arrest and removals being criminal aliens.”
Updated: 01/26/2021