NEWARK, NJ —U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) announced that it removed two foreign nationals wanted for violent crimes in their home countries. This included a Salvadoran national wanted in his home country for aggravated murder and affiliation with criminal organizations and a Guatemalan national wanted in his home country for violence against a woman.
Yermin Alexander Diaz-Chavarria, a Salvadoran national, was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol August 23, 2015, at Hidalgo Texas, for entering the country illegally. In 2017, El Salvador issued a warrant of arrest for Diaz for aggravated murder and affiliation with criminal organizations. On Feb. 13, 2018, Diaz did not appear for his immigration court hearing, and an immigration judge in Newark ordered him removed to El Salvador. On Feb. 11, 2019, ERO officers arrested Diaz in Newark. ERO officers removed him from the U.S. on March 8, 2019, and turned him over to Salvadoran authorities.
On Nov. 5, 2014, Jose Bernardo Siquin-Tubac, a Guatemalan national, was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol near Hidalgo, Texas, for entering the country illegally. On Nov. 11, 2014, he was removed to Guatemala. Siquin later illegally re-entered the U.S. on an unknown date, at an unknown location. On Feb. 13, 2019, ERO officers arrested him at his residence in West New York, New Jersey, and detained him. Siquin’s prior order of removal was reinstated by ERO. He was wanted in his home country for violence against a woman. On March 14, 2019, ERO removed Siquin from the U.S. and turned him over to Guatemalan authorities.
ICE removed or returned 256,085 aliens in fiscal year 2018. The proportion of FY18 removals resulting from ICE arrests increased by nearly seventeen percent over the previous fiscal year, and the number of ICE interior removals in FY18 increased by nearly 14,000 from FY17.
ICE is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.