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September 2, 2020Phoenix, AZ, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE removes alien wanted for homicide in Mexico

PHOENIX, Ariz. –U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed previously-deported Luis Lizarraga-Garcia, 36, an aggravated felon and Mexican national unlawfully present in the United States Wednesday. Lizarraga-Garcia is wanted for homicide in his home country of Mexico.

Lizarraga-Garcia was convicted in the Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County, for burglary in the first degree, and was sentenced to nine years of incarceration with the Arizona Dept. Corrections (ADOC) in 2012. ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) had previously removed Lizarraga-Garcia twice in 2010. Additionally, Mexican authorities issued an arrest warrant for Lizarraga-Garcia for homicide in 2013.

“We are firmly committed to removing foreign fugitives from the United States who are being sought in their native countries for serious crimes,” said Corey Price, interim field office director for ERO Phoenix. “The return of this alien to face criminal charges in Mexico is the result of ongoing cooperation between ICE and our foreign counterparts. Those seeking to evade justice are on notice – you will not find refuge in our communities.”

ICE ERO turned over Lizarraga-Garcia to Mexican authorities at the Nogales, Arizona Port of Entry.

ICE has removed hundreds of thousands of criminal aliens since the agency was established in March 2003.

In fiscal year 2019, ICE removed or returned 267,000 aliens. In that same year, 86 percent of ERO’s administrative arrests consisted of aliens with 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: 09/10/2020