Wednesday, July 24, 2024

ICE raids continue and this time 71 people were arrested in North Texas


Officers with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 71 people in North Texas and 18 in Oklahoma during a three-day operation.

“This North Texas and Oklahoma operation removed 67 criminal aliens from our streets and our communities,” said Simona L. Flores, field office director of ERO Dallas. “In addition to this valuable community service, our ICE officers also help maintain the integrity of our immigration laws.”

According to a statement from ICE, one of the 89 arrested had 67 criminal convictions. The rest had criminal history that included aggravated assault, alien smuggling, child abuse, dangerous drugs, discharge of a firearm, among others.

Twenty-three of those also re-entered the United States after being deported and, if convicted, they may face up to 20 years in federal prison depending on the criminality, according to ICE. During the operation that ended Thursday, people from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Nigeria, El Salvador, Laos, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Vietnam were arrested.

The operation took place in cities such as Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Balch Springs, Rockwall, Plano, and Garland. According to ICE, officers carry out enforcement operations daily across the country as part of the efforts to protect the nation and uphold public safety.

The agency also stated that all of the targets during the North Texas and Oklahoma operations were amenable to arrest under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act.