SAN ANTONIO -

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Texas Department of Public Safety recently teamed up to arrest 50 illegal immigrants convicted of sex crimes across Texas.

The arrests were made during a five-day operation, the first of its type for ICE, dubbed "SOAR" or Sex Offender Alien Removal.

Of the 50 arrests, seven were made in the south and central Texas area. The suspects had prior convictions for sex crimes, including indecency with a child, aggravated sexual assault of a child and sex offense against a child.

Forty suspects were convicted sex offenders, while the other 10 suspects had other felony convictions.

"Collaborative operations like this clearly show the public safety impact when ICE teams up with our law enforcement partners to target criminal aliens," said Enrique Lucero, field office director for ICEs Enforcement and Removal Operations in San Antonio. "Our number one goal is prioritizing our resources to keep our communities safe."

The operation began Saturday and ended Wednesday.