70 Arrested In ICE Sweep Across Oklahoma, Texas

Tuesday, June 6th 2017, 7:07 pm
By: News On 6

Immigration and Customs Enforcements wrapped up a three-day roundup of illegal immigrants in Oklahoma and Texas.

They said they arrested 70 people - all had committed crimes.

ICE arrested people from Guatemala, El Salvador, Cuba, Korea, Mexico, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.

Most of them were men; all were between 18 and 50 years old. They said they’re focusing on the worst offenders in an effort to make communities safer.

For example, they said one person had been convicted of resisting arrest and transporting a deadly weapon and was arrested again June 1st.

They said another had been convicted of having drugs and DUI and was arrested June 2nd.

Another had been convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, previously kicked out of the country then arrested again on June 3rd.

Finally, they said a member of the Homeboy street gang had been convicted of drug possession and was arrested June 2nd.

ICE said anyone who is arrested after already being deported is then looking at two to 20 years in federal prison, depending on their criminal history.

They said those who had illegally re-entered the United States will be deported immediately after they complete any outstanding prison sentences.

The Enforcement Removal Teams in Oklahoma are part of a nationwide effort to go after illegals who investigators say are a threat to national security or public safety, like street gangs and child sex offenders.

ICE said in 2016 they removed 240,000 illegals from the U.S. and say 92 percent of them had previously been convicted of a crime.