During a three-day span the first week of April, 50 criminal illegal immigrants were apprehended by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to a press release. The individuals were previously convicted of various charges including rape, sexual assault, possession of drugs, robbery, criminal trespassing, assault, and driving under the influence.

Enrique M. Lucero, an ICE field officer in San Antonio, said in a statement, “The results of this operation underscore ICE’s ongoing focus to arrest convicted criminal aliens who prey upon our communities and who chose to ignore our nation’s immigration laws.”

Nine of the captured aliens had previously been deported from the United States. Re-entry is a felony that can result in 20 year in federal prison sentence, according to ICE. One 56-year-old Mexican national arrested in San Antonio was previously convicted of sex crimes involving a child.

It is easy for one to wonder why–given these individuals’ serious criminal histories–the illegal aliens are not currently incarcerated.

Zack Taylor, Chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, said in an interview with Breitbart Texas that re-entry by convicted foreign nationals is unacceptable.

“It’s time for the U.S to get serious about immigration,” Taylor argued.

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