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November 17, 2022Philadelphia, PA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE ERO Philadelphia removes Mexican fugitive wanted for homicide

PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Philadelphia Field Office removed an unlawfully present noncitizen foreign fugitive on Nov. 9.

Gustavo Guadalupe Gonzalez Jimenez, 26, was wanted in Mexico for negligent homicide and injuries. Gonzalez was flown from Alexandria International Airport to Valley International Airport, Harlingen, Texas, on a flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations Unit. ERO Harlingen then transported Gonzalez via ground transportation to the Matamoros Port of Entry. Upon arrival at the port of entry, ERO turned Gonzalez over to Mexican authorities who took him into custody on a warrant for criminal homicide.

“Dangerous criminals such as Mr. Gonzalez seek to take advantage of our systems and the generosity of the American people in order to avoid prosecution for their crimes,” said David C. O’Neill, Acting Field Office Director in charge of ERO’s Philadelphia office. “The men and women of ERO are here to ensure that they are returned to their country to face justice.”

Gonzales illegally entered the U.S. at an unknown location without inspection or admission by an immigration official. On Jan. 20, 2003, U.S. Border Patrol arrested Gonzalez near Jacumba, California. The next day, USBP allowed him to voluntarily return to Mexico.

Gonzalez entered the U.S. illegally three more times and each time was arrested, released and allowed to voluntarily return to Mexico.

Once again, on an unknown date and at an unknown location, Gonzalez unlawfully reentered the United States without inspection or admission by an immigration official.

On April 30, 2022, the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Gonzalez in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for driving under the influence and traffic offenses. These charges remain pending.

On July 18, ERO Philadelphia arrested Gonzalez at the Lancaster County Probation Office in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. On the same date, ERO served Gonzalez a Notice to Appear, charging inadmissibility pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act as a noncitizen present in the United States without being admitted or paroled.

On July 28, an immigration judge in Cleveland granted Gonzalez bond. On Aug. 1, the ICE Assistant Attaché for Removals in Mexico City notified ERO Philadelphia that Gonzalez had an active arrest warrant in Mexico City, Mexico for criminal homicide. On Aug. 3, ERO Philadelphia canceled Gonzalez’s bond and arrested him at the ERO Philadelphia, York suboffice and transferred him to the Moshannon Valley Processing Center for removal proceedings.

On Aug, 31, an immigration judge ordered Gonzalez removed to Mexico. Gonzalez waived his right to appeal.

Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE Tip Line at 866-DHS-2-ICE or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.

Enforcement and Removal Operations is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that protects the homeland through the arrest and removal of those within the United States who undermine the safety of our communities and the integrity of our immigration laws. Immigration enforcement is the largest single area of responsibility for ERO, and is a critical component of the overall safety, security and well-being of our nation. ERO manages all aspects of the immigration enforcement process, including identification and arrest, detention, bond management, supervised release, as well as transportation and removal. In addition, ERO repatriates noncitizens ordered removed from the U.S. to more than 170 countries around the world. ERO and its workforce are responsible for managing a safe, orderly and humane immigration enforcement process.

Updated: 11/17/2022