In a report released Monday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, a four day operation in Southeast Texas that concluded last week by the agency resulted in the arrest of 95 illegal aliens with prior criminal convictions.
The four-day sting saw the detainment of 87 men and 8 women, with arrests scattered in Harris, Montgomery, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Matagorda and Wharton counties.
ICE revealed two-thirds of those arrested were of Mexican origins, with the remaining known citizens of Cambodia, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Nigeria and Vietnam.
Out of the 95 criminal aliens rounded up, 82 had committed serious offenses that included homicide, aggravated assault, burglary of a vehicle, child abuse, domestic violence, cocaine possession, fraud, driving under the influence, drug trafficking, felony marijuana possession, illegal entry, larceny, possessing a controlled substance, and weapons possession.
In recent weeks, ICE has looked to the state of Texas as a point of focus. Last week’s Houston-area bust followed operations in Austin, San Antonio, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley where 153 illegal aliens were arrested.
Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has established the capture and deportation of illegal immigrants with criminal histories as an administrative priority, even signing an executive order in late January enforcing such.
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