week of Jun. 2, 2023


Check out our weekly recap of top news from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement highlighting the work of Enforcement Removal and Operations (ERO) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). For more news from ICE, visit our newsroom.

The United States removes foreign nationals - according to U.S. law - who lack a lawful basis to stay in the United States. This policy applies to all noncitizens regardless of nationality. In fiscal year 2022, ERO conducted 72,177 removals to more than 150 countries worldwide.

ICE conducts removal flights June 1

This week, ICE conducted multiple removal flights to locations such as Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru. ICE Air Operations conducts dozens of flights each week to remove foreign nationals who lack a lawful basis to stay in the country. πŸ”—Keep reading


HSI alleges that Sun illegally entered the United States in early May. Officials searched his phone on May 8 and found videos containing alleged child sexual abuse material.

Chinese national charged with attempting to bring child sexual abuse material into the US

A 45-year-old Chinese citizen was indicted for transporting child sexual abuse material into the United States following an HSI investigation. Officials allege that he possessed an explicit video depicting a minor under the age of 5. πŸ”—Keep reading


Criminals who are wanted in their home countries will not find refuge in the United States. Our offices will continue to identify, arrest, detain and remove noncitizens who pose a threat to our communities.

ERO Boston arrests fugitive noncitizen convicted of firearms charges in Brazil

ERO Boston arrested a Brazilian fugitive on May 24. The 35-year-old man was convicted of unlawful possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives in Brazil and sentenced to incarceration. πŸ”—Keep reading


Those who knowingly and willfully misrepresent themselves, especially those who are considered national security threats, war criminals and human rights violators, to try and obtain U.S. citizenship status, will be held accountable for their deceitful actions.

Man convicted of immigration fraud following HSI Tucson investigation

Following an HSI and HRVWCC investigation and a nine-day jury trial, a federal judge convicted an Arizona man of charges related to visa fraud and attempted unlawful procurement of citizenship. πŸ”—Keep reading


This case demonstrates the cooperation between the U.S. and its allies in bringing drug traffickers to justice.  The scourge of the narcotics trade affects all countries and ERO is proud to be on the frontlines of this fight.

ERO Philadelphia removes wanted drug trafficker to Honduras

ERO Philadelphia removed Harby Rigoberto Vargas-Sanchez, a Honduran citizen with a final order of removal, to Honduras on an ICE Air Operations charter aircraft May 26. He is a foreign fugitive wanted by law enforcement authorities in Honduras for illegal drug trafficking. πŸ”—Keep reading

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforces federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration to promote homeland security and public safety.

Updated: 06/05/2023