week of May 17, 2024


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.

'With the public release of this enforcement data, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is demonstrating its commitment to openness and transparency,” said ICE Deputy Director and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Patrick J. Lechleitner. β€œWe will continue to evaluate and enhance how the agency communicates measurable data to best inform how our officers and special agents perform their law enforcement missions.'

ICE updates online data dashboard

ICE has updated the online statistics dashboard to include data for first quarter of fiscal year 2024, which spans from Oct. 1, 2023 through Dec. 31, 2023. In the first quarter of FY 24, the agency increased total removals by more than 160% and removed 27% more noncitizens with criminal convictions or pending criminal charges compared to the same period in FY 23. ERO continues to prioritize its resources on threats to public safety and national security. πŸ”—Keep reading


Individuals who lack a lawful basis to stay in the United States are ordered removed, consistent with U.S. law -- all individuals who are removed have been screened for protection concerns.

ICE conducts single adult, family unit, removal flights May 17

ICE, a component agency of DHS, working in close coordination across the department including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, continued to facilitate removal flights of single adults and family units May 13 to May 17. Those included removal flights to Burundi, Central America, Colombia, Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Kenya, Mexico and Peru. πŸ”— Keep reading


'The investigative work by HSI special agents, including the work by our law enforcement partner, DEA, led to this successful and lengthy sentencing,” said HSI Arizona Special Agent in Charge Francisco B. Burrola. β€œAll the defendants in this drug trafficking ring will spend the foreseeable future in prison for peddling poison in our communities.'

Final member of drug trafficking conspiracy sentenced to 17 years following HSI, DEA Nogales investigation

On April 29, a Mexican national was sentenced to 17 years in prison for drug trafficking-conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine. HSI and the DEA out of Nogales investigated the case. πŸ”—Keep reading


Vincent Kiejzo, 36, was sentenced to 42 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release.

HSI cybercrime investigation leads to former Milford 2nd grade teacher sentenced to more than 3 years in prison for possessing child sexual abuse material

A former Milford teacher was sentenced May 16 in federal court in Worcester for possessing child sexual abuse material following an investigation by HSI New England. πŸ”—Keep reading


'Thanks to the outstanding partnerships that we have with our state and local law enforcement partners here in Southeast Texas, we were able to safely take him into custody and repatriate him to Guatemala to face justice for his alleged crimes.' -- ERO Houston Field Office Director Bret A. Bradford

ERO Houston removes Guatemalan fugitive wanted for domestic violence

ERO Houston, with assistance from ERO Guatemala and the Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement Task Force, removed Jose Carlos Ortiz Lucero, a 27-year-old unlawfully present Guatemalan fugitive, from the United States on May 13. Ortiz is wanted in Guatemala for domestic violence. πŸ”—Keep reading

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