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Houston (US)/Canadian-Media: The results of a recent enforcement action targeting criminal aliens who are alleged to have illegally reentered the United States after having previously been removed had been announced on Jan 6 by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Houston, ICE reports said.
Enforcement & removal of aliens. Image credit: ICE
After securing criminal arrest warrants for illegal reentry, ERO Houston arrested nine criminal aliens from Nov. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020 in the greater Houston area.
An illegally re-entry of the aliens to the U.S. after having been previously deported is considered a federal offense, which is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison, if convicted.
All nine of the arrested individuals had record to their prior immigration-related offenses, and previously been convicted of other criminal offenses of being gang members, and had have been transferred into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service where they will remain pending further criminal proceedings.
Following their criminal proceedings, ERO Houston will seek to take custody of the aliens to complete their removal from the United States.
“ICE takes seriously its obligation to enforce our nation’s immigration laws and seek out dangerous criminals who pose a threat to our communities,” said Daniel Bible, ERO Houston field office director. “The individuals arrested during this enforcement action have demonstrated a complete disregard for U.S. law and, in some cases, endangered American citizens with their brazen criminal conduct.”
ICE takes many factors into account when targeting and arresting individuals, including their criminal and immigration history and every day targets and arrests aliens who commit crimes, and other individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws. While taking efforts to minimize the risks of of the current pandemic to officers, aliens, and the public, ICE is continuing to conduct its critical public safety and immigration enforcement mission.