DALLAS, Texas – For three days this month, 89 immigrants in northern Texas and Oklahoma were arrested, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) said on Tuesday.
Two-thirds of those arrested in the operation that ended on Thursday, March 22 are from Mexico. Only one woman was arrested. The detainees are between 19 and 60 years of age.
The agency said that 67 of the 89 detainees had criminal convictions, ranging from aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and child abuse to smuggling of aliens, driving intoxicated and possession of marijuana. Of the total, 23 had entered the country illegally after being deported.
At the end of January, ICE announced that it had carried out an operation in the area in which 86 immigrants were arrested.
The ICE-Dallas operations area includes 128 counties in North Texas and Oklahoma. The area led in immigration arrests in the fiscal year 2017, when it stopped just over 16,500 people, according to statistics from the agency . They are followed by Houston and Atlanta.
These were the five cases that the agency highlighted in its statement:
- A 45-year-old Guatemalan arrested in Mesquite, Texas . In 1991 the immigrant was sentenced to 10 years of probation for a sexual assault and was deported, but he returned illegally to the country. He will be prosecuted for expulsion and his case will be presented to the prosecutor’s office because he returned after deportation, the agency said.
- A 27-year-old Vietnamese arrested in Oklahoma City . The man was convicted of committing rape and indecent acts with a child under 16 in 2012, was sentenced to 15 and 20 years, but according to the statement the sentence was suspended. You can appear before an immigration judge.
- A 28-year-old Mexican arrested in Fort Worth, Texas. His membership in a gang was confirmed, according to the agency. “He was convicted of carrying out a terrorist threat in 2013 and sentenced to six months of probation,” the statement said. You will have an appointment in an immigration court.
- A 42-year-old Mexican also arrested in Fort Worth. He was sentenced to five years in prison for producing or trafficking in a controlled substance. He was expelled in 2015, but returned in 2016 without permission. He is being prosecuted for deportation and his case will be presented to the prosecution for entering illegally.
- A 28-year-old Mexican arrested in Lancaster, Texas. It is wanted by the authorities in Hidalgo, Mexico. He has an arrest warrant for homicide issued in 2009 and was convicted in the United States for driving while intoxicated. You can appear before a judge.
In addition to 59 Mexicans, nationals from these countries were detained: Guatemala (12), Honduras (8), Colombia (3), Nigeria (2), El Salvador (1), Laos (1), Nicaragua (1), Pakistan ( 1) and Vietnam (1).
According to ICE, these were the cities and towns in which there were arrests:
Balch Springs: 2
Fort Worth: 4
Mt. Pleasant: 1
Oklahoma City: 10
El Reno: 1
The agency included a paragraph in its statement in which it states that the figures reported are preliminary and may vary a bit.
This month, ICE was in the middle of the controversy when a spokesperson in San Francisco resignedasserting that he could not bear the burden “of representing the agency knowing that” false information “had been presented to the public about its operations.