A Mexican man, wanted in his home country for murder, was deported Oct. 20 by deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
On Sept. 8, 2017, Jose Antonio Cordova-Rodriguez, 33, was arrested outside his Chicago residence by special agents and officers with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Chicago, the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force.
Cordova-Rodriguez was removed from the United States and turned over to Mexican authorities at the Brownsville, Texas, Port of Entry.
“ICE helps protect national security, public safety and our borders by identifying and removing dangerous criminal fugitives from our communities, which is ERO’s top priority,” said ICE Field Office Director Ricardo Wong of ERO Chicago.
“The cooperation between the United States and the international law enforcement community was instrumental in the arrest of this foreign fugitive and highlights ICE’s global reach,” said HSI Special Agent in Charge James M. Gibbons.
Cordova-Rodriguez was previously removed from the United States in 2010, and he later illegally re-entered the United States. He has several misdemeanor convictions for crimes committed in Texas and Illinois.
Since Oct. 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.
In fiscal year 2016, ICE conducted 240,255 removals nationwide. Ninety-two percent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offense.
(Learn More. Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) enforces the nation’s immigration laws in a fair and effective manner. It identifies and apprehends removable aliens, detains these individuals when necessary and removes illegal aliens from the U.S. This unit prioritizes the apprehension, arrest and removal of convicted criminals, those who pose a threat to national security, fugitives and recent border entrants. Individuals seeking asylum also work with ERO. Courtesy of ICE and YouTube)
ICE is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.
Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the toll-free ICE tip line at 1 (866) 347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199.
They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.
To report suspicious activity, call ICE’s 24-hour toll-free hotline at: 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or visit www.ice.gov.