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May 16, 2023Philadelphia, PA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO Philadelphia removes noncitizen wanted for property theft to Peru

PHILADELPHIA — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Philadelphia removed a citizen of Peru with a final order of removal wanted by Peruvian law enforcement authorities for aggravated property theft May 5.

“ERO Philadelphia continues to work with our international partners to ensure that criminal non-citizens are unable to find refuge in the U.S. from justice in their home country,” said ERO Philadelphia Field Office Director Cammilla Wamsley.

U.S. Border Patrol officials arrested Antonio Rodenas Hinostroza, 45, on April 18, 2022, for illegally entering the United States near Yuma, Arizona. Officials released him on an order of recognizance with instructions to report to the closest ERO office to his residence for additional processing.

On May 4, 2022, ERO Newark officers served Rodenas with a notice to appear charging him with inadmissibility. He remained in the community on an order of recognizance.

New Jersey’s Paterson Police Department arrested Rodenas for simple assault (domestic violence) and endangering/abuse/neglect of a child June 9, 2022, and charges are currently pending.

ERO Newark officers arrested Rodenas at the Passaic County Jail in Paterson on June 10, 2022, and authorities transferred him to the Elizabeth Contract Detention Facility in Elizabeth. He was placed in removal proceedings while in detention.

Rodenas was transferred to ERO Philadelphia and placed in the Pike County Correctional Facility in Lords Valley, Pennsylvania, to complete removal proceedings.

An immigration judge with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) in Baltimore, Maryland, ordered Rodenas removed from the United States to Peru on Feb. 5. Rodenas reserved his right to appeal the judge’s decision but did not file an appeal.

Noncitizens placed into removal proceedings receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts, which are administered by the EOIR within the Department of Justice. EOIR is a separate entity from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case, determining if a noncitizen is subject to a final order of removal or eligible for certain forms of relief from removal. Once a noncitizen is subject to a final order of removal issued by an immigration judge or other lawful means, ICE officers may carry out the removal.

As one of ICE’s three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO’s mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency’s detained and non-detained populations, and repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal. ERO’s workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings, and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.

For more updates on noncitizens being removed from the community in the interest of public safety, follow ERO Philly at @EROPhiladelphia.

Updated: 05/18/2023