Officials nab 40 illegal immigrants

Published on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 23:44 - Written by Staff Reports

A three day operation in East Texas resulted in 40 illegal immigrants with criminal histories being arrested.

Carl Rusnok, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement  spokesman, said ICE officers arrested 40 convicted criminal illegal aliens during the sweep  which concluded Saturday.

Rusnok said the operation was conducted by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations Fugitive Operations Teams in eight East Texas cities as part of the agency’s commitment to prioritize the removal of criminal aliens and egregious immigration violators.

These arrests occurred in the following Texas cities:  Tyler with 14, Longview with 12 arrested, six in Rusk, two in Canton, two in Henderson, two in Marshall, one in Kilgore and one in White Oak.

“Of the individuals taken into custody, all were criminal aliens whose convictions include: driving while intoxicated and felony DWI (three or more convictions), assault with bodily injury, burglary, theft, injury to a child, failure to identify, and others. The group also included four previously deported aliens.  Anyone who re-enters the United States after having been deported commits a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, if convicted,” Rusnok said.

A 37-year-old man from Mexico was arrested  in Canton, and he had been convicted and sentenced multiple times between 1999 and 2013 for various crimes, including:  failure to ID, assault causing bodily injury, DWI and felony DWI, and theft of property.  As an illegal criminal alien, he will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of his immigration proceedings.

A 42-year-old woman from Mexico was arrested in Tyler. She was convicted in December 2010 of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and sentenced to 10 years’ incarceration (suspended) and 10 years’ probation.

A 31-year-old man from Mexico was arrested in Tyler, who had been convicted and sentenced multiple times between 2006 and 2014 for various crimes, including:  assault causing bodily injury, illegally entering the United States and DWI. He has been deported twice.

“These ICE operations target criminal aliens who prey upon and threaten our local communities,” said Thomas P. Giles, Dallas-based field office director ICE.  “Ultimately, these operations help improve public safety by removing these criminals from our streets and from our country.”  Giles oversees 128 counties in north Texas and the state of Oklahoma.

All of the 37 men and three women arrested during this operation were from Mexico.