A Dallas County sheriff’s jail guard was arrested at work Friday morning by federal immigration officers on accusations of being in the country illegally and now faces deportation, county and federal officials said.

Maria Elvia Ross, 34, of Irving was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers sometime after 10 a.m. on civil immigration violations, ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok said.

He did not release details about the allegations against Ross or the nature of her immigration status.

Ross, who was hired in 2001, has most recently served on Sheriff Lupe Valdez’s quality assurance team, which oversees improvements to sanitation and maintenance in the jails.



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Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV. Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee. He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).