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ICE San Antonio Removes Repeatedly Deported Mexican Fugitive Wanted for 2002 Homicide

Roberto Clemente Martinez-Guerrero, 44, a Mexican national wanted in his country for a 2002 homicide in the State of Jalisco, Mexico, was found in the United States after having repeatedly been deported.

According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Martinez-Guerrero was first arrested by Border Patrol agents near Eagle Pass, Texas on October 22, 2003. He was granted voluntary return to Mexico that same day.

On October 6, 2015, Border Patrol agents again arrested Martinez-Guerrero near Del Rio, Texas. He was convicted of illegal entry and sentenced to 10 days in jail. After serving his sentence, he was removed to Mexico October 15, 2015.

On May 21, 2016, Martinez-Guerrero again illegally re-entered the United States near Sanderson, Texas, where he was arrested by Border Patrol and charged and convicted of re-entering the United States after being deported; a federal judge with the Western District of Texas sentenced him to serve 45 days in prison.

On July 5, 2016, the Travis County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office took custody of Martinez-Guerrero after authorities in Austin, Texas arrested him based on his outstanding arrest warrant for a driving while intoxicated charge from September 14, 2012. He was convicted and sentenced to serve 75 days in jail. On July 11, 2016, Martinez-Guerrero was transferred to ICE custody and taken to the South Texas Detention Complex in Pearsall, Texas, where he remained until his removal.

ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers in San Antonio escorted Martinez-Guerrero to the US-Mexico border at Laredo, Texas and transferred to Mexican authorities January 18.

On July 13, 2016, Mexico’s Procuraduria General de la Republica notified ERO San Antonio that Martinez-Guerrero is the subject of an active arrest warrant issued by the government of Mexico for homicide.

“Removing criminal foreign fugitives from the United States is a top ICE priority,” said Daniel Bible, field office director of ERO San Antonio. “The cooperation between the governments of the United States and Mexico resulted in this foreign fugitive being turned over to this native country where he will stand trial for the alleged homicide.”

Similarly, in December, 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 located and removed from the US by ICE ERO officers.

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 came on the heels of repeated demands by House and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairmen Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IW) 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, as Homeland Security Today has reported.

ICE said, “Since October 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 1,700 foreign fugitives from the United States who were sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. ERO works with ICE Homeland Security Investigations Office of International Operations, foreign consular offices in the United States, and Interpol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the United States.”

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