- Associated Press - Monday, March 9, 2015

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say federal agents have captured 271 immigrants with criminal records during a five-day immigration sweep of Texas.

An ICE statement Monday said the arrests were part of a nationwide operation that netted a little more than 2,000 immigrants with criminal histories in the sixth operation of this type ICE has run since 2011.

Enrique Lucero, who is field office director of ICE’s enforcement and removal operations in San Antonio, said agents there arrested 87 immigrants with criminal records across central and south Texas. Lucero said of 49 of those had felony convictions, with the other having misdemeanor violations.

Those arrested came from 11 different nations in Central and South America, as well as Mexico, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Iraq.

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