FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Fort Worth say federal immigration agents arrested 26 parolees living in the country illegally as they performed community service.

Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn tells KXAS-TV ( ) his office participated in Sunday morning's operation at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. An ICE spokesman confirmed the operation, but didn't provide additional details.

Spokesman Carl Rusnock tells the station "ICE routinely conducts immigration enforcement operations locally and nationwide."

Waybourn says those arrested were convicted of high-level misdemeanors or low-level felonies and were released from jail by mistake. He also says the families of the detainees had been notified.

The sheriff says they were taken to an ICE facility in Dallas for processing, and some may be released.


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