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May 1, 2024San Antonio, TX, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO San Antonio removes noncitizen wanted for homicide in Mexico

SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) San Antonio removed a noncitizen wanted by authorities in Mexico for homicide. Deportation officers removed Juvenal Arroyo Hernandez, 48, from the United States to Mexico April 25.

“We will remain committed to our mission of keeping communities safe,” said ERO San Antonio Field Office Director Corey Price. “Noncitizens who have committed crimes in their home countries will find no refuge in the U.S.”

On May 8, 1998, Arroyo entered the United States near Del Rio without admission or parole. On the same date, U.S. Border Patrol arrested him. U.S. Border Patrol officials granted Arroyo a voluntary return and returned him to Mexico.

On Oct. 28, 2011, Arroyo entered the United States near Eagle Pass without admission or parole.

The next day, U.S. Border Patrol arrested him in the same vicinity. After determining he was unlawfully present in the United States, officials served him with a notice and order of expedited removal and charged him with entry without inspection. Border Patrol officials remanded him to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to await a court hearing.

On Nov. 1, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in Del Rio convicted Arroyo of entry without inspection and sentenced him to 10 days of confinement. On Nov. 7, ERO San Antonio took him into custody and removed him to Mexico.

On an unknown date and location, Arroyo reentered the United States without admission or parole.

On April 17, 2024, ERO San Antonio encountered him in Austin and, after determining he was unlawfully present in the United States, served him with a notice of intent/decision to reinstate prior order. ERO San Antonio transferred him to the Hutto Detention Center to await removal from the United States. On the same date, the foreign service national investigator in Mexico notified ERO San Antonio that Arroyo was wanted in Mexico for homicide.

On April 25, Arroyo was removed back to Mexico and turned over to Mexican authorities without incident.

ERO conducts removals of individuals without a lawful basis to remain in the United States, including at the order of immigration judges with the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). EOIR is a separate entity from the Department of Homeland Security and 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.

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.