ICE Fugitive Operations Team Arrests 88
illegal aliens in New Orleans
Arrests are part of ongoing Department of Homeland Security initiative
From: U.S. Customs Enforcement (ICE) Filed 4/23/07 GCN
ORLEANS – A weeklong detention
and removal effort culminated
on Friday with the arrest of 88 fugitives and illegal
aliens. The operation was part an ongoing initiative dubbed “Return to
Sender,” and the arrests came as the result of a targeted enforcement
action by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Orleans
and Jefferson Parish.
Some of those
arrested have previous felony convictions for crimes including lewd and
lascivious assault, domestic abuse, fraud and grand theft. Others were in
the country illegally and charged with immigration violations.
aliens off our streets is a critical component of our nation's border
security measures,” said Trey Lund, Field Office Director of ICE's
Detention and Removal Office in New Orleans. “Illegal aliens who defy the
removal order of a U.S. Immigration Judge should be on notice that we are
continuing to dedicate significant resources toward locating, targeting
and arresting them and removing them from the country. We cannot and will
not allow such individuals to remain in the U.S. in violation of our
During the operation,
ICE officers arrested Juan Carlos Alvarez-Alvarado, 28, from Honduras. He
was convicted in April 2004 for possession of marijuana in San Antonio,
Texas. An Immigration Judge in San Antonio issued an order of removal for
Alvarez –Alvarado at that time and he was removed to Honduras. In January
2006, Alvarez-Alvarado illegally re-entered the United States at an
unknown location. ICE has reinstated the prior order of removal.
Those arrested were
from Romania, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Operation Return to
Sender is an integral part of the Secure Border Initiative (SBI), a
comprehensive multi-year plan launched 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
Of the 88 illegal
aliens arrested last week, 13 were fugitive aliens. Lund thanked U.S.
Customs and Border Protection for their assistance during the operation.
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 five
integrated divisions that form a 21st century law enforcement agency with
broad responsibilities for a number of key homeland security priorities.