HIDALGO, Texas — Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) on Thursday deported a Mexican fugitive wanted in his home country for kidnapping, raping and murdering a minor.
ICE officers transferred Angel Daniel Vasquez-Aleman to the custody of Mexican law enforcement authorities at the border crossing in Hidalgo, Texas, Feb. 26.
In 2012, Vasquez-Aleman allegedly participated in kidnapping, raping and murdering a minor.
Vasquez-Aleman first entered the United States illegally in 2009 near Laredo, Texas. After serving a 175-day sentence for an aggravated assault conviction against a family member that occurred in 2013, he was transferred to ICE custody Feb. 10, 2015. ICE officers conducted further international database checks and discovered an arrest warrant for Vasquez-Aleman for heinous crimes allegedly committed in Matamoros, Mexico. He was housed at the Port Isabel (Texas) Detention Center where remained until the day of his removal.
In fiscal year 2014, ERO removed 315,943 individuals from the United States. 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 2014, 98 percent of ICE removals met these priorities.