A permanent Tulsa-based Immigration and Customs Enforcement office could be up and running by the end of October, said First District Congressman John Sullivan.
The Tulsa office will be home to a permanent Fugitive Operations Detention and Removal Unit.
“After years of coordination with ICE officials, I am pleased to announce that I secured a permanent ICE office forEastern Oklahoma” Sullivan said. “This is a tremendous victory for the rule of law and public safety across Eastern Oklahoma. We will now have a permanent Fugitive Operations Detention and Removal Unit on the ground in Tulsa that will focus on locating, arresting, and removing violent fugitive and criminal illegal aliens, including transnational street gang members and child sex offenders from our community.”
ICE established the first Fugitive Operations Teams in 2003 to expand the agency’s efforts to locate, arrest and remove fugitives from the U.S. ICE’s Fugitive Operations Teams give top priority to cases involving aliens who pose a threat to national security and community safety, including members of transnational street gangs, child sex offenders, and aliens with prior convictions for violent crimes. It is estimated by ICE that there are 570,000 fugitive aliens who remain at large in the U.S.