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December 29, 2020Seattle, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE removes murderer from Washington state to Mexico

Criminal alien also convicted of assault in the first degree

SEATTLE – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers removed an illegal alien convicted of a 1995 murder in Washington state to Mexico, Tuesday.

On Jan. 9, 1996, Adrian Andrade-Mora, 41, was convicted of murder and assault in the first degree. He was sentenced to 250 months and 93 months confinement, to be served consecutively.

On Nov. 17, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers served Andrade-Mora with a notice to appear in immigration court and requested that the Washington Department of Corrections (WDOC) transfer custody upon his release. He was subsequently released from the WDOC, transferred to ICE custody and housed at the Northwest ICE Processing Center. On Dec 16, an immigration judge ordered Andrade-Mora removed from the United States.

“I applaud our DOC partners for ensuring that this extremely dangerous criminal alien was not released back into our community to potentially reoffend,” said ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Seattle Field Office Director Nathalie Asher.

Andrade-Mora was removed from the United States via an ICE Air Operations charter flight and transferred to the custody of Mexican authorities.

ICE is charged with enforcing federal immigration laws enacted by Congress. ICE officers are sworn law enforcement officers who carry out the arrest, detention and removal of aliens found to be in the U.S. unlawfully.

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

Updated: 12/30/2020