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July 25, 2023Denver, CO, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

Noncitizen wanted in Mexico for corruption of minors removed

DENVER — Officers with Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Denver removed a noncitizen fugitive wanted in Mexico on July 25.

Jesus Manuel Galvez-Rivas, 22, is wanted in Mexico for sexting and corruption of minors. He flew from Denver International Airport to San Diego International Airport. Then, ERO San Diego International Liaison Unit officials removed him from the United States through the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Ysidro, California, and turned him over to Mexican authorities.

“Criminals in foreign countries need to know that they can’t escape the law in their home countries by hiding in ours,” said ERO Denver acting Field Office Director Kelei Walker. “I applaud the efforts of our ERO officers here in Denver, the San Diego International Liaison Unit and our partners in Mexican law enforcement who conducted a smooth transfer without incident.”

Galvez unlawfully entered the United States in early 2016 near Nogales, Arizona. ERO officers encountered him at the Mesa County Jail on April 3, 2023, and he did not possess valid immigration documentation that allowed him to be in the United States. Officials lodged a detainer against him the same day.

The Mesa County Court found Galvez guilty of assault in the 3rd degree, knowingly/recklessly causing injury, on June 14 by and released him into ICE custody the same day.

ERO officers make enforcement decisions on a case-by-case basis in a responsible manner, informed by their experience as law enforcement professionals and in a way that best protects against the greatest threats to the homeland.

Noncitizens placed into removal proceedings receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts, which are administered by the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). EOIR is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice and is separate from the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (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.

In fiscal year 2022, ERO arrested 46,396 noncitizens with criminal histories; this group had 198,498 associated charges and convictions. These included 21,531 assault offenses; 8,164 sex and sexual assault offenses; 5,554 weapons offenses; 1,501 homicide-related offenses; and 1,114 kidnapping offenses.

As one of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO’s mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency’s detained and non-detained populations, and repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal. ERO’s workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings, and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.

Members of the public can report crimes or suspicious activity by calling 866-347-2423 or completing ICE’s online tip form.

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Updated: 08/11/2023