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ICE Removes M-13 Member Illegally in US Wanted in El Salvador for Homicide

Emilio Coreas-Avelar, 24, an alleged MS-13 gang member and the subject of an Interpol Red Notice issued in May 2015 who’d illegally entered the United States at an unknown location and date, was removed from the US Friday by officers with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Coreas-Avelar was wanted in his home country of El Salvador for aggravated homicide and criminal association, ICE said in a statement.

The deportation of Coreas-Avelar comes on the heels of repeated demands by House and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairmen Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) from the Department of Homeland Security jointly and individually for information on criminal acts by illegal aliens who were never deported despite their repeated criminal acts in the US after repeatedly being deported, asHomeland Security Today has reported.

The two lawmakers, for example, recently questioned why criminal gang member, Thong Vang, who shot and critically injured two correctional officers on September 3, wasn’t deported from the US more than two years ago after serving 16 years in prison for raping three girls under the age of 14, but instead was released because his native country of Laos refused to accept him.

In contrast, Yvonne Evans, field office director for ERO Washington, D.C., said in regards to the arrest of Coreas-Avelar that, “Our officers dutifully uphold US immigration laws, ensuring individuals who pose threats to the safety of our communities do not remain in our country. Accused murderers will not use the United States as a safe haven.”

In June, officers with ERO Washington’s Fugitive Operations Team investigated a lead into Coreas-Avelar’s whereabouts and arrested him at his residence in Burke, Virginia, where he admitted he was a citizen of El Salvador and illegally present in the US. At that point, ERO officers served him a notice to appear in immigration court. In September, an immigration judge ordered Coreas-Avelar removed from the US to El Salvador.

“In preparation for his removal, ERO officers transported Coreas-Avelor from Virginia, where he was being detained, to Louisiana. He departed the country on an ICE Air Operations charter flight from Alexandria, Louisiana, with a stopover in Dallas, Texas, before arriving at San Salvador International Airport in El Salvador Friday,” ICE said. “There, ERO officers transferred Coreas-Avelar to the custody of El Salvadoran law enforcement officials.”

Coreas-Avelar’s removal was part of ERO’s Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement (SAFE) Initiative. The SAFE Initiative is geared toward the identification of foreign fugitives who are wanted abroad and removable under US immigration law.

ICE said, “In just three years, through the SAFE Initiative, ERO has removed more than 600 criminal fugitives to El Salvador. Those removed as part of the SAFE Initiative have been deemed ineligible to remain in the United States and were all wanted by the Policia Nacional Civil (PNC). SAFE aligns with ERO’s public safety priorities and eliminates the need for formal extradition requests.”  

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