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June 19, 2020Los Angeles, CA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE removes dangerous Salvadoran national wanted for kidnapping, robbery and illegal association

LOS ANGELES – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) successfully completed the removal of a Salvadoran fugitive alien via ICE Air Operations (IAO) charter, June 19.

Pedro Antonio Eguizabal Gonzalez, 45, is a Salvadoran national wanted by law enforcement authorities in his native country for kidnapping with aggravated circumstances, robbery and illegal association.

Eguizabal Gonzalez illegally entered the United States at an unknown time and location without being admitted or paroled by an immigration officer. The Juzgado Primero de Paz Court in Santa Ana, El Salvador, issued an arrest warrant for Eguizabal Gonzalez, July 3, 2006.

Upon receiving a lead from a partner agency, ICE's ERO Los Angeles, assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Fugitive Task Force, arrested Eguizabal Gonzalez outside his residence in Los Angeles without incident, Nov. 24, 2015. An immigration judge ordered Eguizabal Gonzalez removed to El Salvador March 7, 2019; all of his appeals were exhausted by March 2020.

"Through ongoing targeted enforcement efforts and critical partnerships, we have removed another potential predator from our community and helped ensure he faces justice," said ICE's ERO Los Angeles Field Office Director Dave Marin. "Eguizabal Gonzalez and others like him need to know that our nation will not grant them sanctuary. ICE remains fully committed to removing criminal offenders who are here illegally and pose a threat to national security or public safety."

ICE has removed 83,561 foreign nationals between January and June 13 this year alone. The agency works directly with foreign governments to coordinate the safe return of nationals with final orders of removal from the United States to their home countries. Likewise, the United States routinely cooperates with foreign governments in documenting and accepting its citizens.

Aliens processed for removal may receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts administered by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), which is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice separate from the Department of Homeland Security and ICE. EOIR judges make decisions based on the merits of each individual case. ICE officers carry out the removal decisions made by the federal immigration judges.

Updated: 06/19/2020