181 Arrested in ICE Operations in Wisconsin, Texas, and Oklahoma

By Preston Huennekens on September 27, 2018

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) recently conducted two targeted enforcement operations. The first targeted known criminal aliens and immigration fugitives throughout Wisconsin over a four-day period, arresting 83 aliens. The second sought criminal aliens throughout north Texas and Oklahoma, arresting 98. None of the 52 counties where ICE arrested aliens are identified by the Center as sanctuary jurisdictions.

The aliens arrested in both operations came from 12 separate countries. Aliens from Mexico made up the vast majority of those arrested.

Country Arrested
Mexico 150
Honduras 8
El Salvador 7
Guatemala 6
Nicaragua 3
Marshall Islands 1
Pakistan 1
Peru 1
Colombia 1
Russia 1
Thailand 1
Vietnam 1


Of the 181 arrested, 50 had been previously deported from the United States and now face felony charges of illegally re-entering the country. ICE didn't divulge numbers, but did state that many of those arrested carried previous felonies, including homicide and the sexual assault of a child.

In releases for both operations, ICE stated that "during targeted enforcement operations, ICE officers frequently encounter other aliens illegally present in the United States. These aliens are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and, when appropriate, they are arrested by ICE officers." While none of the locales in these operations were sanctuary jurisdictions, it is important to note that sanctuary policies do not shield aliens from enforcement because such policies drive ICE to conduct at-large enforcement actions where they are likely to encounter additional aliens, rather than simply arresting known individual illegal aliens in jails.