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During a three-day enforcement action operation carried out last week by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in North Texas and Oklahoma, 86 criminal aliens were arrested, along with other illegal immigrants.
Federal officers with ICE were assisted in the wave of arrests that ended Thursday by Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), targeting dangerous illegals in dozens of major cities in the Lone Star and Sooner states.
“During this operation, ERO deportation officers made arrests in the following Texas cities and towns: Abilene (3), Amarillo (3), Alvarado (2), Arlington (3), Athens (1), Breckenridge (2), Corsicana (1), Dallas (11), Denton (2), Fort Worth (3), Friona (2), Garland (1), Grand Prairie (1), Greenville (3), Hereford (8), Jacksonville (1), Kaufman (1), Longview (3), Lubbock (11), Mansfield (1), McKinney (1), Plano (1) and Terrell (4),” a press release issued by ICE and ERO announced. “A total of 16 arrests were made in Oklahoma in the cities of Oklahoma City (11) and Tulsa (5).” an ICE press release stated.
Criminal aliens uncovered
A breakdown of the illegals considered to be a threat to society reveals that they were predominantly men with criminal records from Mexico.
“Of the 86 arrested, 55 had criminal convictions; 82 were men and four were women, rang[ing] in age from 19 to 61 years old,” the release divulged. “Aliens arrested during this operation are from the following countries: Mexico (55), Guatemala (10), El Salvador (6), Honduras (4) Bangladesh (3), Cameroon (1) Jordan (1), Laos (1), Liberia (1), Nigeria (1), Panama (1), Philippines (1) and Zimbabwe (1).”
It was also revealed that an overwhelming majority of those picked up in the massive sweep were charged with some serious crimes.
“Most of the aliens targeted by ERO deportation officers during this operation had prior criminal histories that included convictions for the following crimes: sexually exploiting a minor, assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, drug possession, burglary, obstructing police, larceny, manufacturing methamphetamine, firearms offense, smuggling, receiving stolen property, illegally entering the U.S., and driving under the influence (DUI),” ICE informed.
In fact, about a quarter of the criminal aliens were felons who were already deported and broke over the U.S.-Mexico border … again.
“Twenty-one of those arrested illegally re-entered the United States after having been previously deported, which is a felony,” the immigration officials reported. “Depending on an alien’s criminality, an alien who re-enters the United States after having been previously deported commits a felony punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison, if convicted.”
Even though many Democrats and other pro-immigration activists consider such operations as a discriminatory practice that they call “racial profiling,” ERO Dallas Field Office Director Bret Bradford stresses that the stings are solely conducted in the interest of protecting community members from being future victims of criminal activity by known perpetrators.
“This operation focused on targeting immigration fugitives and criminal aliens in North Texas and the state of Oklahoma, but we routinely conduct operations daily,” Bradford told the press, according to the ERO release. “By removing criminal aliens from the streets, our ICE officers provide a valuable community service by improving public safety.”
A similar regional sting was administered by ICE in upstate New York, where 46 criminal aliens and other illegals were arrested over a week ago.
“Operations like this one demonstrate ICE’s continued focus on the arrest of dangerous criminal aliens – as well as those who enter the United States illegally,” ERO Buffalo Field Office Director Thomas Freely stressed in another ERO press release. “Illegal aliens will not find safe harbor in New York.”
ICE no longer put on ice
ICE’s efforts to curb crime committed by criminal aliens were virtually dormant just over a year ago – compared to the concerted efforts orchestrated under the Trump administration over the past year.
“This increased movement by ICE under President Donald Trump is in stark contrast to the previous administration,” Townhall reported.
And when local law enforcement arrested illegals, Obama’s ICE executed his administration’s pro-immigration agenda and freed nearly 160,000 of them back into society to continue threatening U.S. citizens across the country once again.
"A Congressional Research Service report released in August 2012 found that over a 33-month period – between October 2008 and July 2011 – more than 159,000 illegal aliens were arrested by local authorities and identified by the federal government as deportable, but nevertheless released back onto the streets," Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) announced. “Nearly one-sixth of those same individuals were subsequently again arrested for crimes.”
A big problem
The number and proportion of criminal aliens in U.S. prisons has continued to escalate over the decades.
“In 1980, our federal and state prisons housed fewer than 9,000 criminal aliens,” the FAIR report published in May 2016 recounted. “Today, about 55,000 criminal aliens account for more than one-fourth of prisoners in Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities, and there are about 297,000 criminal aliens incarcerated in state and local prisons. That number represents about 16.4 percent of the state and local prison population, compared to the 12.9 percent of the total population comprised of foreign-born residents.”
And with great numbers comes great cost – to the American taxpayer.
“The estimated cost of incarcerating these criminal aliens at the federal level is estimated at $1.5 to $1.6 billion per year,” FAIR researchers divulged. That cost includes expenses in the federal prison system and the amount of money paid to state and local detention facilities in the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP). It does not include the costs of incarceration at the state and local level, nor does it include the related local costs of policing and the judicial system related to law enforcement against criminal aliens.”
When the expenditures are added up, it becomes evident that criminal aliens are a serious burden to the American economy – and a good proportion of these outlaws are repeat offenders.
“Our fiscal cost study in 2010, estimated administration of justice costs at the federal level related to criminal aliens at $7.8 billion annually,” the FAIR report continued. “The comparable cost to state and local governments was $8.7 billion.Many criminal aliens are released into our society to commit crimes again.”
Here is a look at 10 states with high percentages of illegal aliens, which hold 41 percent of the population of the U.S., but 63 percent of the nation’s total prison population (pop.).
State Population Illegal aliens illegals pop. % Illegals prison pop. %
Nev. 2,700,551 200,000 7.4 percent 8.5 percent
Texas 25,145,561 1,810,000 7.2 percent 5.5 percent
Calif. 37,253,956 2,635,000 7.1 percent 12.7 percent
Ariz. 6,392,017 390,000 6.1 percent 11.7 percent
N.M. 2,059,179 100,000 4.9 percent 5.4 percent
N.j. 8,791,894 410,000 4.7 percent 5.5 percent
Ore. 3,831,074 170,000 4.4 percent 8.8 percent
Fla. 18,801,310 820,000 4.4 percent 5.1 percent
N.C. 9,535,483 410,000 4.3 percent 4.8 percent
Ill. 12,830,632 550,000 4.3 percent 5.2 percent
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