The Tulsa-based office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says 116 foreign nationals with criminal convictions were arrested in 2012. The office of Enforcement and Removal Operations’ Fugitive Operations Team focuses on aliens who pose a serious threat to national security or public safety.
15 women and 101 men were arrested in the Tulsa area. The city of Tulsa had the most arrests at 44 and Muskogee had the second most arrests with 12. Of the 116 arrested last year, 34 have convictions for violent crimes. Those crimes include lewd molestation, rape, child abuse by injury, assault with a dangerous weapon and attempted kidnapping.
ICE says two of the worst offenders arrested by Tulsa ERO officers have been deported. A 41-year-old man from Mexico was arrested in October in Muskogee. He was convicted for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, altering a firearm serial number, domestic assault and battery in front of a minor and unlawfully possessing a controlled drug with intent to distribute. He was deported on December 1, 2012.
A 58-year-old man from Mexico was arrested in January 2012 in Muldrow. He was convicted for first-degree manslaughter and was deported in March 2012.
ERO officers also arrested a man who had been deported twice before. The 44-year-old man from Mexico was arrested in February 2012 in Tahlequah. He had arrests dating back to the 1980s including second-degree murder, manslaughter, possessing methamphetamine and cocaine and obstructing government operations. He was arrested and prosecuted for illegally re-entering the United States. He was sentenced to four years in federal prison and will be deported after he completes the prison term.
The people arrested by ERO officers were all entered into removal proceedings or are waiting for travel arrangements for removal.
ICE says the Tulsa team’s arrests are just one part of the Department of Homeland Security’s strategy to heighten the government’s effectiveness at identifying and removing dangerous criminal aliens.