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02/01/2016

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ICE Dallas officers deport Mexican man wanted for murder

DALLAS — A Mexican man, who is wanted in his home country for murder, was deported Thursday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Dallas.

Benito Alvarez-Gonzalez, 31, is accused of kidnapping two 15- and 17-year-old boys in Mexico in December 2015.  He allegedly raped and shot the 17-year-old boy five times killing him; but the 15-year-old was able to escape and notify Mexican authorities.

“Identifying and removing foreign fugitives from the United States is an ICE priority,” said Simona L. Flores, field office director of ERO Dallas. “The cooperation between the United States and the Mexican government resulted in this foreign fugitive being identified and safely returned to him home country where he will face justice.”

While a U.S. permanent resident, Alvarez-Gonzalez was convicted of driving while intoxicated in Dallas County in 2004 and was sentenced to 150 days incarceration, probated for 24 months.  In 2013, he was convicted of a 2011 arson and was sentenced to three years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).  TDCJ released Alvarez-Gonzalez March 12, 2014, and transferred him to ICE custody.

Based on his aggravated felony conviction, on April 2, 2014, an immigration judge in Houston, Texas, ordered Alvarez-Gonzalez removed from the United States.  On April 3, 2014, ICE officers deported Alvarez to Mexico.

On an unknown date, Alvarez-Gonzalez illegally re-entered the United States at an unknown location.

On Jan. 14, 2016, Mexico’s Procuraduria General de la Republica notified ERO Dallas that Alvarez-Gonzalez is the subject of an active arrest warrant issued by the government of Mexico for murder. On the same date, ERO Dallas arrested Alvarez-Gonzalez during a targeted fugitive operation.

On Jan. 28, Alvarez-Gonzalez was bused to Laredo, Texas, and deported to Mexico and turned over to PGR authorities at 12:15 p.m. CST.

In fiscal 2015, ICE removed or returned 235,413 individuals. Of this total, 165,935 were apprehended while, or shortly after, attempting to illegally enter the United States. The remaining 69,478 were apprehended in the interior of the United States, and the vast majority of these were convicted criminals who fell within ICE's civil immigration enforcement priorities.

Ninety-eight percent of ICE's fiscal 2015 removals and returns fell into one or more of ICE's civil immigration enforcement priorities, with 86 percent falling in Priority 1 and eight percent in Priority 2. In addition, ICE's interior enforcement activities led to an increase in the percentage of interior removals that were convicted criminals, growing from 82 percent in fiscal 2013 to 91 percent in 2015.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 02/02/2016