The four Texas field offices within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) have deported more than 860 sex offenders so far this fiscal year.
Of the 862 aliens removed so far this fiscal year by the Texas-based offices, about 27 percent were convicted of sex offenses against children.
ICE’s four Texas field offices are located in Dallas, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio. The Houston area of responsibility includes 53 counties in east and southeast Texas. Houston ERO deported 252 sex offenders so far in fiscal year 2014; 78 were convicted of sex offenses against a minor. In all of fiscal year 2013, the office deported 699 sex offenders; 186 were convicted of sex offenses against a minor. In 2013, all four Texas offices deported 2,124 sex offenders; 508 were convicted of sex offenses against a minor.
ICE officers routinely apprehend removable convicted sex offenders during targeted enforcement operations, or they are turned over to ICE custody when local/state jails or prisons release them after they serve their prison sentences. Additionally, ICE and the Texas Department of Public Safety have begun to regularly share information on sex offenders. This partnership allows ICE to cross-reference the list of sex offenders provided from the state to determine if they are removable aliens.
“The identification, arrest and removal of predatory aliens from our communities will remain an enforcement priority for ICE,” said David W. Jennings, field office director for ERO in Houston. “A global problem requires a global effort. It gives me great pride when my officers work closely with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to seek these criminals out and take them off our streets.”
Some of the more egregious offenses of the criminal alien sex offenders across Texas include: sexual assault, kidnapping, and aggravated sexual assault of a child. The following are examples of sex offenders deported by the ERO Houston field office: (In accordance with Department of Homeland Security privacy policies, ICE cannot include the names of those deported.)
A 47-year-old man from El Salvador arrested by ERO officers in Houston. Convicted of indecency with a child by contact in Harris County, Texas, Feb. 28, 1997.
A 22-year-old man from Mexico arrested by ERO officers in Houston. Convicted of sexual assault in Harris County, Texas, Jan. 10, 2014.
A 58-year-old man from the Honduras arrested by ERO officers in Houston. Convicted of indecency with a child in Harris County, Texas, May 31, 2013.
A 43-year-old, man from El Salvador arrested by ERO officers in Houston. Convicted of indecency with a child in Harris County, Texas, Nov. 20, 2010.
Nationwide, ICE has removed more than 72,000 aliens with criminal convictions thus far this fiscal year. These removals represent the agency’s ongoing commitment to prioritizing the removal of criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators.
ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens, recent border crossers and egregious immigration law violators, such as those who have been previously removed from the United States.