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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Chicago arrested a Mexican foreign fugitive June 2 in Louisville, Kentucky, wanted for aggravated kidnapping in their home country.

The 22-year-old Mexican native, who entered the U.S. legally on Sept. 2, 2019, was arrested after the U.S. Department of State notified ERO Chicago about an active arrest warrant in Mexico.

“This noncitizen thought they could avoid justice in their home country by hiding in our communities,” said ERO Chicago acting Field Office Director LaDeon Francis. “It is because of the dedicated efforts of the men and women of ERO Chicago that led to the significant arrest of this foreign fugitive.”

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 (ICE). Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case, determining if a noncitizen is subject to a final order of removal or eligible for certain forms of relief from removal. Once a noncitizen is subject to a final order of removal issued by an immigration judge or other lawful means, ICE officers may carry out the removal.

ERO officers make enforcement decisions on a case-by-case basis in a professional and responsible manner, informed by their experience as law enforcement officials and in a way that best protects against the greatest threats to the homeland and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws.

In fiscal year 2022, ERO arrested 46,396 noncitizens with criminal histories. This group had 198,498 associated charges and convictions, including 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.

For more news and information on how the ERO Chicago field office carries out its immigration enforcement mission, follow us on Twitter @EROChicago.

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