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HOUSTON — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Houston, with assistance from ERO El Salvador and the Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force, removed Celestino Andrade, a 71-year-old unlawfully present Salvadoran fugitive, from the United States on Aug. 18. Andrade is the subject of an Interpol Red Notice and is wanted for aggravated homicide in El Salvador.

Andrade was flown from Alexandria, Louisiana, on a flight coordinated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Air Operations Unit to the Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador, El Salvador. Upon arrival, he was turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Civilian National Police.

“This foreign fugitive fled his home country of El Salvador in hopes of avoiding prosecution by hiding out in the United States,” said ERO Houston Field Office Director Bret A. Bradford. “Thanks to the vigilant efforts of our fugitive operations officers, working in conjunction with their domestic and international partners, we were able to successfully apprehend him and repatriate him to El Salvador to stand trial for his alleged crimes.”

Andrade was admitted into the United States as a nonimmigrant visitor on May 22, 2018, in New York. Under the terms of his admission, he was required to leave the United States no later than Nov. 21, 2018, but he failed to depart.

The Salvadoran government issued a warrant on Jan. 29, 2019, for Andrade’s arrest for aggravated homicide. On Jan. 23, 2023, ERO Houston received information indicating that Andrade might be residing in Houston. ERO Houston fugitive operations officers successfully located Andrade and took him into custody on April 18.

On June 30, an immigration judge with the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review ordered Andrade removed from the United States to El Salvador. ICE officers carried out his removal on Aug. 18.

Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE Tip Line at 866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.

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The SAFE Program is a fugitive enforcement and information sharing partnership that was created in 2012 to better use subject information derived from local in-country investigative resources and leads to locate, apprehend, detain and remove individuals residing in the United States illegally who were subject to foreign arrest warrants. The SAFE Program operates under the respective host nation’s AAR, which constructs a SAFE task force composed of relevant foreign law enforcement agencies, immigration authorities, attorneys general and national identification repositories — as well as other regional, national, state and local government agencies. The managing AAR ensures that each task force member complies with SAFE policies and standards consistent with the program’s standard operating procedures. Once established, the AAR-led SAFE task force generates new leads and vets existing SAFE fugitive referrals for ERO action.

As one of ICE’s 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.

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