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December 16, 2020Seattle, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE removes previously deported criminal alien to Mexico convicted of luring a disabled child

SEATTLE — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers removed an illegally present Mexican national Dec. 8, who was previously convicted in Washington of luring a disabled child.

Eduardo Flores-Rodriguez, 33, was removed from the United States via an ICE Air Operations charter flight and transferred to the custody of Mexican authorities.

“ICE cannot allow criminal aliens who prey on children to remain in our community,” said ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Seattle Field Office Director Nathalie Asher. “Although local sanctuary laws attempt to provide a safe haven for dangerous individuals such as this, due to ICE’s dedication to public safety, Flores-Rodriguez is no longer free to roam the streets he previously victimized.”

On March 11, 2008, Flores-Rodriguez was arrested by the King County Sheriff’s Office for luring a minor with a developmental disability. He was convicted of those charges April 17, 2008, in King County Superior Court; sentenced to 12 months in jail; and remanded to the King County Jail. ICE lodged an immigration detainer with the jail the same day.

ICE lodges immigration detainers on individuals such as Flores-Rodriguez who have been arrested on local criminal charges and who are suspected of being removable, so that ICE can take custody of that person when he or she is released from local custody.

On April 28, 2008, Flores-Rodriguez was released from the King County Jail and transferred to ICE custody.

On May 10, 2008, Flores-Rodriguez was removed from the United States to Mexico. At some point thereafter, he illegally reentered and was, once again, removed in July 2017.

In November, ICE discovered Flores-Rodriguez was illegally present in the United States again, placed him under arrest and housed him at the Northwest ICE Processing Center until his removal.

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 United States 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.