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HARLINGEN, Texas – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Harlingen Field Office officers arrested four unlawfully present noncitizens with multiple DUI convictions during a nationwide law enforcement effort from Aug. 20, through Sept. 30.

This enforcement operation was implemented to address unlawfully present noncitizens convicted of violating multiple local DUI laws. In addition to DUI convictions, criminal histories of those arrested include, but were not limited to crimes involving assault, cruelty toward children, weapons violations, domestic violence, fraud, homicide by vehicle, hit-and-run, and larceny.

Cases amenable to federal criminal prosecution may be presented to the appropriate U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Among those arrested:

  • A 41-year-old Guatemalan national convicted of driving while intoxicated, second. The individual was arrested in Pharr, Texas, and remains in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
  • A 43-year-old Mexican national convicted of driving while intoxicated third or more. The individual was arrested in Mission, Texas, and will return to ICE custody after completion of his criminal case to continue removal proceedings.

“We will continue firm with our commitment to public safety and removing noncitizens who have been convicted of DUIs is part of our responsibility to keep our communities safe,” said acting ERO Harlingen Field Office Director Miguel Vergara.

ICE officers make case decisions in a professional and responsible manner, informed by their experience as law enforcement officials and in a way that best protects against the greatest threats to the homeland. They apply prosecutorial discretion when making such decisions as do law enforcement officers in different agencies and offices throughout the nation.

Noncitizens placed into removal proceedings receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts, which are administered by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). EOIR is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and is separate from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and ICE.

Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case. ICE officers carry out the removal decisions made by the federal immigration judges.

In fiscal year (FY) 2021, ERO conducted 74,082 administrative arrests of noncitizens, which included 12,025 individuals with aggravated felony convictions. Offenses associated with noncitizens arrested in FY 2021 included 1,506 homicide related offenses, 3,415 sexual assaults, 19,549 assaults, 2,717 robberies, and 1,063 kidnappings.

Members of the public can report crimes and/or suspicious activity by dialing 1-866-347-2423 or completing the online tip form.

Learn more about ICE’s mission to increase public safety in your community, on Twitter @ICEgov and @EROHarlingen.

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