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Published:July 21st, 2007 08:12 EST
ICE arrests 274 criminals, fugitives, immigration violators

ICE arrests 274 criminals, fugitives, immigration violators

By SOP newswire

DALLAS — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested 274 illegal aliens, criminals and immigration fugitives during a five-day enforcement operation here.  Assisting ICE during this operation were officers from Dallas Constable and the following local police departments:  Dallas, Irving, Fort Worth, Farmers Branch, Carrolton, Arlington and Blue Mound.

This localized, targeted enforcement initiative, which began Monday and concluded today, is part of an ongoing nationwide initiative focused on arresting criminal aliens.  During this operation, ICE officers arrested 274 illegal aliens, including 99 with criminal convictions.  Among those arrested were 233 men and 28 women.  Of the 274 aliens arrested, 137 have already been returned to Mexico.

“The primary focus of this operation was to target, arrest and deport criminal aliens," said Nuria T. Prendes, field office director for the ICE Office of Detention and Removal Operations in Dallas.  “These operations are a critical element in removing threats to public safety.  At the same time, these operations help protect the integrity of the nation’s legal immigration system."  Prendes heads an area that includes north Texas and the state of Oklahoma.

Those arrested included aliens from the following countries:  Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nigeria, Romania and South Korea.

Following are two examples of those aliens with criminal convictions who were arrested:

Gustavo Noe Castro, 40, from Mexico, was arrested July 19 in Dallas, Texas.  Castro has a lengthy criminal history, including the following:  arrested and convicted in Dallas in 2000 for Assault on Family Member Resulting in Injury; also arrested and convicted in Dallas in 2000 for Possessing Controlled Substances.  Castro also has three prior drunken-driving arrests in Dallas.  He is being processed for deportation.

Francisco Rafael Trejo, 40, from El Salvador, was arrested July 19.  Trejo has a lengthy criminal history, including the following arrests: arrested and convicted of Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon in Dallas in 1991 and 1993; arrested and convicted of Possessing Controlled Substances in 2003.  Trejo also has four prior drunken-driving arrests in Dallas.  He is being processed for deportation.

Some of the crimes associated with the Assault, possession/manufacturing of a controlled substance, unlawful carrying of a weapon, DWI, burglary of a vehicle, burglary of a domicile, theft, injury to a family member, illegal alien with a commercial drivers license with hazmat certificate, sex assault of child, indecency with a child, failure to stop and render aid which resulted in fatality.

Those who have not already been returned to Mexico have been placed into deportation proceedings and are awaiting return to their countries of origin.

These arrests are part of ICE’s interior enforcement strategy, which was announced in April 2006 by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and ICE Assistant Secretary Julie Myers.  A critical element of this interior enforcement strategy is to identify and remove criminal aliens, fugitives and other immigration violators from the United States.

Source:ICE