NEW YORK — On Sept. 19, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) New York City arrested an unlawfully present Mexican national convicted by the New York Supreme Criminal Court of first-degree sexual abuse; contact with an individual less than 11 years old.
“Sexual abuse of children is a heinous crime that will not be tolerated by this office,” said ERO New York City Field Office Director Kenneth Genalo. “This individual is a proven danger to our youngest New Yorkers and so it is in the interest of public safety to expeditiously effect his removal from the United States.”
The Mexican national unlawfully entered the United States on an unknown date at an unknown location without being inspected, admitted or paroled by an immigration official. On June 3, 2000, the U.S. Border Patrol encountered him at or near Nogales, Arizona, and he voluntarily returned to Mexico. The noncitizen subsequently unlawfully reentered the United States on an unknown date at an unknown location without being inspected, admitted or paroled by an immigration official.
ERO New York City Fugitive Operations apprehended the individual without incident inside his residence in the West Harlem area of New York City on Sept. 19. He will remain in custody pending removal proceedings.
Noncitizens placed into removal proceedings receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts, which are administered by the 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. ICE officers carry out the removal decisions made by the federal immigration judges.
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.
Members of the public can report crime and suspicious activity by calling 866-347-2423 or completing the online tip form.
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