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ICE Removes 99 More Criminal and Non-Criminal Aliens from 5-state area in November
From:  ICE News Release    Filed 12/06/06  GCN

Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention and removal officers deported 99 illegal aliens to their respective countries of origin. 

All of those deported were detained in ICE facilities in a five-state area that included Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee.

Among those deported was Bartolo Alvarado-Bonilla, 40, a citizen of Honduras whose criminal history includes convictions for drug trafficking and unlawful distribution of methamphetamine.  Alvarado-Bonilla was removed to his native country of Honduras. 

Also deported was Hermelindo Del Cid-Carrera, 50, a citizen of Guatemala who was an aggravated felon.  Del Cid was convicted of sexual assault and was removed to his native country of Guatemala.

A third person removed was a 24-year-old Honduran national previously convicted of a sex offense. Alejandro Interiano-Medina was repatriated to his native country.

The offenses of the criminal aliens removed included:  robbery, entry without inspection, illegal re-entry, driving under the influence (DUI), sex offenses, assault, drug trafficking, alien smuggling and domestic battery.

Those deported were from the following countries:  Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

“We will continue to fulfill our congressional mandate by deporting those ordered removed from our country, especially those who have committed egregious offenses against our citizens,” said Field Office Director Trey Lund, who leads ICE’s detention and removal efforts in New Orleans.  “Every deportation helps to restore integrity to our nation’s immigration system.”

Part of ICE’s interior enforcement initiative is to promote public safety and national security by ensuring that all aliens who are subject to deportation are removed from the United States as expeditiously as possible. 

Last year, ICE removed a record-setting 186,600 illegal aliens; more than 86,000 of whom had prior criminal convictions.

These deportations are part of the Secure Border Initiative (SBI), a comprehensive multi-year plan by the Department of Homeland Security to secure America's borders and reduce illegal migration. Under SBI, Homeland Security seeks to gain operational control of both the northern and southern borders, while re-engineering the detention and removal system to ensure that illegal aliens are removed from the country quickly and efficiently.  SBI also involves strong interior enforcement efforts, including enhanced worksite enforcement investigations and intensified efforts to track down and remove illegal aliens inside this country. 

Criminal aliens are non-citizens who have committed felonies or other crimes that make them ineligible to remain in the United States in accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

ICE encourages the public to report suspicious activity by calling the ICE toll-free hotline: 1-866-DHS-2ICE    

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was established in March 2003 as the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.  ICE is comprised of four integrated divisions that form a 21st century law enforcement agency with broad responsibilities for a number of key homeland security priorities.

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