More Than 125 Criminal Aliens Captured in Oklahoma

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Federal agents and officers apprehended 127 criminal aliens, fugitive aliens, and other immigration status violators as part of a four-day state-wide interior immigration enforcement operation that began July 12.

Dubbed “Operation Return to Sender,” the initiative concluded last Saturday and is a continuation of the nationwide operation that was executed last month during which 2,179 aliens were arrested.


Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and agents based in the Detention and Removal Operations offices in Oklahoma City and Dallas carried out the enforcement operation in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies. The Oklahoma City Police Department; Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office; Oklahoma Department of Correction, Parole and Probation; U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force; and Muskogee Police Department all assisted the federal authorities in the roundup of sometimes dangerous criminal aliens.

ICE began the operation in Tulsa on last Wednesday and made 46 arrests that day. All were illegal aliens from Mexico who were deported the same day. ICE officers continued the operation in Oklahoma City Thursday through Saturday, and made 81 additional arrests.

During a press conference Congressmen John Sullivan, who represents Oklahoma