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December 17, 2019Washington, DC, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE removes German national after completion of sentence for murder

WASHINGTON – A German citizen convicted of two counts of murder in the first degree was removed from the U.S. Monday, pursuant to a final order of removal, by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Jens Söring departed from Dulles International Airport on a direct flight to Frankfurt, Germany at approximately 10 p.m. EST Monday.

On Jan. 12, 1990, Söring was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to two life sentences to be served consecutively for the 1985 murder of Nancy and Derek Haysom. The former Immigration and Naturalization Service lodged a detainer on Feb. 8, 1991 with the Virginia Department of Corrections.

“ICE plays an important role in the criminal justice system of the United States. When law enforcement works together, we’re able to efficiently and effectively carry out the law and help keep communities safe,” said Russell Hott, field office director for Washington, D.C.

On Monday, Nov. 25, the Virginia Parole Board granted Söring parole under the condition that he remain securely detained by ICE until his removal from the U.S. He was transferred to ICE custody Nov. 26.

ICE removed or returned 267,000 aliens in fiscal year 2019. ERO arrested 143,000 aliens, more than 86% percent of whom had criminal convictions, pending criminal charges, or previously issued final orders.

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.

Updated: 12/17/2019