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September 28, 2020San Antonio, TXUnited StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE removes 2 criminals wanted in their home country of El Salvador, men illegally entered and were removed from the US several times

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) removed two previously deported Salvadoran men Monday wanted for crimes committed in El Salvador.

Jose Alexander Ramos-Martinez, 42, and Noe Rodriguez-Sanchez, 51, both citizens of El Salvador, were removed without incident by ICE via an ICE Air Operations charter flight. Once in El Salvador, ICE turned them over to law enforcement authorities in El Salvador.

“Our focus remains the safety of our communities. Removing dangerous fugitives who threaten that safety will continue to be at the forefront of our removal efforts. Individuals who have been removed on numerous occasions and are wanted in their home countries for crimes will find no refuge here,” said Jose Correa, field office director for ERO San Antonio.

A repeat immigration violator, Ramos-Martinez has been charged multiple times with illegal reentry and removed from the U.S. four times since 2013. He has convictions for misdemeanor assault and was twice convicted for driving while intoxicated (DWI). Ramos-Martinez is wanted by law enforcement authorities in El Salvador for sex crimes against a minor.

Rodriguez-Sanchez illegally entered the U.S. on three separate occasions. ICE removed him to El Salvador pursuant to an immigration judge order in July 2007. He was convicted in August of illegally reentry and released to ICE upon time served. He is the subject of a 2019 arrest warrant in El Salvador for illegal human trafficking.

Since Oct. 1, 2009, ICE has removed more than 3,700 foreign fugitives from the United States who were sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. In fiscal year 2019, ICE removed or returned 267,000 aliens. ICE arrested 143,000 aliens, more than 86% of whom had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.

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 reentered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.

Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE Tip Line at 1 (866) 347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.

Updated: 10/19/2020