Authorities: Gang Member Illegally Re-Enters US To Evade Justice

The Biden administration has faced widespread backlash over its lax enforcement of immigration laws and seeming unwillingness to deport even potentially dangerous undocumented migrants.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently confirmed that one criminal alien has been removed from the country, but not before he re-entered following a prior deportation and posed a serious threat to the safety of American citizens.

ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Field Office Director Darius Reeves said that his office in Baltimore, Maryland, identified the individual as a citizen of El Salvador who was arrested in May 2011 and removed from the country about two months later.

According to U.S. authorities, he had been arrested at least twice by Salvadoran law enforcement — once in 2013 on gang- and gun-related charges and again two years later on suspicion of illegally carrying a firearm.

At some subsequent time, he reportedly re-entered the U.S. and authorities detained him, his spouse, and a child in early 2021.

“This Salvadoran noncitizen represented a threat to the residents of Maryland,” Reeves said.

He went on to describe the individual as a “documented member of a violent street gang” who was in the Baltimore area in hopes of escaping prosecution in his home country.

Upon entering the U.S. illegally for at least the second time, reports indicate he applied for asylum in 2022, but his claim was rejected shortly thereafter.

“In February 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officially closed the noncitizen’s case, reinstating his removal,” the ICE press release confirmed. “Deportation officers from ERO Baltimore’s Fugitive Operations Team arrested him at his residence in Cockeysville and served him a notice of intent/decision to reinstate prior removal order.”

He was placed in the custody of ICE agents while the removal process moved forward.

“ERO Baltimore will not allow the world’s criminals to use Maryland neighborhoods to escape justice,” Reeves added.

Of course, federal statistics indicate that this was just one of many violent gang members who have illegally entered the U.S. since Biden’s inauguration. There have been at least 65 Border Patrol arrests of members of the 18th Street gang, with which this individual was reportedly affiliated, during the 2023 fiscal year.