Previously removed MS-13 gang member arrested by ICE in Penitas
HARLINGEN, TX — A member of the MS-13 gang was arrested Wednesday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Rafael Antonio Discua-Discua, 39, was arrested April 23 in Penitas, Texas. He was previously deported in May 2012. He remains in ERO custody pending his criminal prosecution for illegally re-entering the United States after being deported. Anyone who re-enters the United States after having been deported commits a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Discua-Discua has criminal convictions for rape, strong-arm assault and kidnapping.
"ERO is committed to making our communities safe by arresting and removing convicted criminal aliens who ignore their deportation orders or disregard our nation's laws," said Enrique M. Lucero, field officer director for ERO San Antonio. "This arrest is yet another example of ERO's commitment to keeping at-large criminal aliens out of our communities."
Removing criminal aliens from the United States is a national priority. To address this priority, ICE designed the National Fugitive Operations Program (NFOP) within the ERO directorate. The primary mission of NFOP is to reduce the fugitive alien population in the United States. NFOP identifies, locates and arrests fugitive aliens, aliens that have been previously removed from the United States, removable aliens who have been convicted of crimes, as well as aliens who enter the United States illegally or otherwise defy the integrity of our immigration laws and border control efforts.
ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that targets serious criminal aliens who present the greatest risk to the security of our communities, such as those charged with or convicted of homicide, rape, robbery, kidnapping, major drug offenses and threats to national security. ICE also prioritizes the arrest and removal of immigration fugitives or criminal aliens who have been previously deported and illegally re-entered the country.