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October 16, 2014San Antonio, TX, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE San Antonio deports Mexican fugitive wanted for homicide

SAN ANTONIO — A Mexican fugitive wanted in his home country for homicide was deported Thursday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Jose Miguel Rangel-Exiga, 40, was deported Oct. 16 and transferred to the custody of Mexican law enforcement authorities at the border crossing in Brownsville, Texas.

According to Mexican authorities, Rangel-Exiga is wanted by the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, for the offense of homicide. ICE officers worked with Mexico’s Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) to coordinate his removal at the Brownsville Port of Entry in Brownsville.

"This particularly egregious case shows how our ERO officers help protect public safety on a daily basis," said Enrique M. Lucero, field office director for ERO San Antonio. "We work closely with our international law enforcement partners to remove dangerous criminal aliens from our local communities to face justice in their home countries."

This is the fourth time immigration officers have removed Rangel-Exiga from the United States.  ICE officers previously removed him in 2001, 2012, and in April 2014.  Rangel-Exiga was convicted three times and served time in prison each time following his federal convictions for “re-entry after deportation.” He served his last sentence for re-entry at the Willacy County Correctional Center, in Raymondville, Texas, where he remained until his removal.

Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 720 foreign fugitives from the United States who were being sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. ERO works with ICE's Office of International Operations, foreign consular offices in the United States and Interpol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the country.

Updated: 10/17/2014