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May 23, 2023San Francisco, CA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal, Narcotics

ERO San Francisco removes felon to Mexico

SAN FRANCISCO — Officers with Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) San Francisco, with assistance from officers with ERO San Diego, removed a felon and foreign fugitive to Mexico on May 4. Robin Salinas Macal, 30, a Mexican national, was removed after having recently served time at the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu for distribution of narcotics.

“ERO officers are committed to enforcing our nation’s immigration laws against violent criminals, and other noncitizens who pose a threat to public safety,” said ERO San Francisco Field Office Director Moises Becerra.

U.S Border Patrol apprehended Salinas Macal near Rio Grande Valley, Texas, on May 26, 2015. He was served with a notice and order of expedited removal on May 29, 2015, and was removed to Mexico the same day. Salinas Macal reentered the United States on an unknown date without inspection, admission or parole by an immigration official.

Salinas Macal was living in the United States without authorization when he the FBI arrested him on April 8, 2019, as part of a narcotics investigation. He was subsequently sentenced to 60 months’ incarceration by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Oct. 24, 2019, and transferred to the Federal Detention Center.

On March 27, corrections officers notified ERO San Francisco that Salinas Macal received early parole. Officers with ERO San Francisco lodged an immigration detainer with Federal Detention Center Honolulu and arrested Salinas Macal upon his release. An immigration judge in Hawaii ordered Salinas Macal removed to Mexico on March 30.

Officials flew Salinas Macal on a charter flight coordinated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Air Operations Unit from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu to San Diego International Airport, where they turned him over to ERO San Diego officers. The San Diego Special Response Team transported Salinas Macal via ground transportation to the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry and turned him over to Mexican authorities.

Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE Tip Line at 866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.

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 news and information on how the ERO San Francisco field office carries out its immigration enforcement mission throughout Northern California, Hawaii and points west, follow us on Twitter @EROSanFrancisco.