Statewide sweep nets ar­rests of 13 Cen­tral Texas im­mi­grants.

Op­er­a­tion BEAR six-day roundup de­tains 13 of­fend­ers in Cen­tral Texas.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Clau­dia Grisales cgrisales@states­ Con­tact Clau­dia Grisales at 912-5933. Twit­ter: @cgrisales

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.

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