Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Chicago-area man sentenced to 18 months for conspiring to ‘straw purchase’ handguns for illegal export to Egypt
12/03/2019
Chicago, IL
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Omran Ismail, 53, of Burbank, Illinois, purchased four handguns in November 2013 from a licensed firearms dealer in Tinley Park, Illinois.  He then immediately transferred the guns to co-defendant Ola Sayed so that she could smuggle them to Egypt.  The guns were discovered in Sayed's checked luggage at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport as she attempted to board a flight to Cairo via London. 

Enforcement and Removal
ICE Dallas office opening its newest detention facility in West Texas
12/03/2019
Anson, TX
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FOD Marc J. Moore explained that the new ICE facility was actually built in 2010 by the state of Texas to house inmates for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  However, the facility has never been used. 

Human Rights Violators
ICE removes former civil patrol leader accused of human rights abuses in Guatemala
12/02/2019
Boston, MA
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Samayoa Cabrera, a former civil patrol leader, has been charged in Guatemala for his alleged role in more than 150 human rights abuses, including torture, rape and extrajudicial killing, in El Quichè.

Enforcement and Removal
ICE arrests Mexican national with pending manslaughter, gang assault charges; released despite active detainer
12/02/2019
New York, NY
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ICE ERO deportation officers arrested Feliciano Perez-Bautista, 32, on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Perez-Bautista, a twice removed Mexican national who has pending manslaughter and gang assault charges, was released from local law enforcement custody with an active detainer due to Westchester County’s Immigrant Protection Act.

Enforcement and Removal
ICE continues to target public safety threats, nets 23 arrests in central VA
11/27/2019
Richmond, VA
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Arrests took place in the following cities: Richmond (13), Henrico (3), Chester (2), North Chesterfield (2), Chesterfield (1), Petersburg (1), and Hanover (1). ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office all assisted ICE officers during the week.

Enforcement and Removal
ICE continues to target public safety threats, nets 56 arrests in 1 week in DC, VA
11/27/2019
Washington, DC
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Arrests took place in the following cities: Fredericksburg (14), Washington, D.C. (9), Fairfax (6), Falls Church (6), Alexandria (5), Leesburg (5), Manassas (5), Herndon (2), Woodbridge (2), District Heights (1) and Sterling (1). ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office all assisted ICE officers during the week.

Operational
HSI Tampa Computer Forensic Analyst Justin Gaertner and his service dog Gunner presented to Tampa Bay area children during the Great American Teach-In
11/26/2019
Tampa, FL
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The purpose of the Teach-In is to encourage employees, businesses, community leaders, sports figures, local personalities, retirees, community volunteers and parents to become involved in education by sharing what they know with a new generation. The adults visit the classroom and talk with students about work, career challenges, hobbies and life experiences. They provide real life insights into work and careers and reinforce the importance of education for success in any occupation.

Operational
Regan Wheeler at their church in Dallas, GA
11/26/2019
Sarasota, FL
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More than 14 years ago, the life of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent Matthew Brooks and his family was changed forever with the murder of his father.

Enforcement and Removal
ICE ERO Orlando officials receive new Consul General of Colombia and reiterate commitment to transparency and collaboration
11/25/2019
Orlando, FL
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During the visit, Assistant Field Office Director (AFOD) Conrad Agagan and Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer Irene Jenkins from ERO Orlando provided Bustamante and Tafur a tour of the ERO Orlando building, an ERO program overview, and stressed the agency's commitment to transparency and working in coordination with the Consulate of Colombia. They also expressed their appreciation for the support the consulate has given ERO in the past.

Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
ICE HSI San Francisco facilitates gift of paintings to the Philippines
11/25/2019
San Francisco, CA
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In June 2019, HSI was contacted by the son of a former U.S. soldier who had legally purchased two Fernando Amorsolo paintings while stationed in the Philippines near the end of World War II.

Enforcement and Removal
ICE announces Montgomery County, Prince George's County criminal offenders shielded by current non-cooperation policies
11/22/2019
Baltimore, MD
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ICE maintains that cooperation with local law enforcement is essential to protecting public safety, and the agency aims to work cooperatively with local jurisdictions to ensure that criminal aliens are not released into U.S. communities to commit additional crimes.

Enforcement and Removal
Utah ICE officers deport man wanted for homicide in Honduras
11/21/2019
Salt Lake City, UT
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Rony De La Cruz Hernandez-Escoto, 52, a citizen of Honduras, was arrested by ICE officers October 17 at the Tooele County (Utah) Jail after his latest felony conviction for illegally reentering the United States.