FAIRFAX, Va. — An El Salvadoran man wanted in his home country for aggravated homicide, kidnapping and attempted kidnapping charges was removed from the United States Wednesday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Julio Cesar Miranda-Minero, 33, of El Salvador, illegally entered the United States near Nogales, Arizona, in 2007.
El Salvadoran authorities charged Miranda-Minero with kidnapping in February 2009 and issued a warrant for his arrest. The following February, he was charged with attempted kidnapping, and El Salvadoran authorities issued another warrant for his arrest. In June 2011, he was charged with aggravated homicide, and El Salvadoran authorities subsequently issued a third warrant for his arrest.
On Oct. 3, the ERO Washington Fugitive Operations Team apprehended Miranda-Minero at his residence in Herndon after they determined he was the subject of numerous arrest warrants in El Salvador. He was subsequently placed in ERO custody.
On Nov. 6, Interpol issued a Red Notice for Miranda-Minero since he was wanted in El Salvador for aggravated homicide.
On Nov. 12, an immigration judge ordered Miranda-Minero removed to El Salvador.
ERO officers removed Miranda-Minero from the United States Wednesday via a flight from Alexandria, Louisiana, to San Salvador, El Salvador. Upon arrival in El Salvador, ERO officers transferred Miranda-Minero to the custody of El Salvadoran law enforcement authorities.
In fiscal year 2013, ICE conducted 368,644 removals nationwide. Nearly 60 percent of ICE's total removals had been previously convicted of a criminal offense; 82 percent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offense.
In addition to convicted criminals, the agency's enforcement priorities include those apprehended while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States, illegal re-entrants – individuals who returned to the United States after being previously removed by ICE – and immigration fugitives. In fiscal year 2013, 98 percent of ICE removals met these priorities – a record high.