Statewide sweep nets arrests of 13 Central Texas immigrants.
Operation BEAR six-day roundup detains 13 offenders in Central Texas.
Federal authorities have rounded up dozens of immigrants with criminal histories statewide, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Monday.
In all, 90 people, with convictions such as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, indecency with a child and drug possession, were arrested in a six-day initiative that ended Thursday, ICE officials said.
The agency said 13 immigrants taken into custody in Central Texas had convictions for assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, aggravated assault on a family member, prostitution and multiple drunken-driving arrests.
Now in its third year, “Operation BEAR,” or Border Enforcement Area Response, took place in Austin, Waco, San Antonio, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley, officials said. Most of those arrested were from Latin America, including 83 from Mexico. Others were from Asia, officials said.
“This is the third year in a row, and the most successful to date,” said Enrique Lucero, San Antonio-based field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations division. “Everyone was residing in Texas … living in communities where we live.”
Those arrested last week include a 37-yearold Vietnamese national and U.S. permanent resident with three prior burglary convictions.
The man, whom authorities would not name citing privacy concerns, was arrested in Pflugerville, officials said. He remains in ICE custody pending a review of his immigration status.
Authorities also captured a 36-year-old Salvadoran man in the country illegally.
The man, whom authorities also would not name, had been convicted of two counts of felony burglary, most recently in 1998, and deported previously, Lucero said.
Anyone with information regarding immigration violators is asked to call ICE’s tip line at 866342-2423.