CENTRAL ISLIP — A twice-removed Salvadoran national was sentenced Nov. 18 to 30 months in federal custody. The sentencing of Jose Ruiz-Alvarado, 52, follows a February 2019 indictment for illegal reentry, a charge initiated after his arrest by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) for immigration violations.
Ruiz-Alvarado, a citizen of El Salvador, was previously removed by ICE on two separate occasions in March 2002 and January 2008. His 2002 removal followed a felony conviction in the State of Texas for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, for which he was sentenced to a 15-years imprisonment. His 2008 removal followed a conviction in U.S District Court-Southern District of Texas, for which a sentence of 41 months was imposed. Following this removal. Ruiz-Alvarado again unlawfully reentered the U.S. at an unknown place, on an unknown date.
On Dec. 31, 2018, Ruiz-Alvarado was arrested in East Hampton, New York, on local charges. On Jan. 3, 2019, ERO deportation officers assigned to Long Island Sub-Office’s Violent Criminal Alien Section (VCAS) obtained a federal arrest warrant in U.S. District Court-Eastern District of New York (EDNY) for violation of 8 USC 1326(b)(2), illegally reentering the U.S. after removal, following an aggravated felony conviction. On Jan. 30, 2019, deportation officers arrested Ruiz-Alvarado in East Hampton, New York. He was arraigned in EDNY, and subsequently remanded into U.S. Marshal Service custody, pending trial.
On Nov. 19, 2019, Ruiz-Alvarado, following a plea of guilty, was sentenced to 30-months in federal custody for illegal reentry after removal following an aggravated felony conviction, in EDNY. Ruiz-Alvarado will be returned to ICE custody for removal, following the completion of his imposed sentence.
ICE is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally reentered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.