Salvadoran Gang Member Faces US Deportation Again

A documented Salvadoran gang member, previously deported, is set to be removed from the United States once more, highlighting the commitment of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to affirm the country’s stance against harboring international criminals.

According to an ICE press release, the individual who re-entered the U.S. illegally is identified as a threat to public safety and a member of the notorious 18th Street gang. “This Salvadoran noncitizen represented a threat to the residents of Maryland,” stated Darius Reeves, acting Field Office Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Baltimore. He prioritized preventing Maryland neighborhoods from becoming sanctuaries for global criminals.

The man’s initial arrest by Border Patrol in May 2011 led to his removal to El Salvador in July of the same year. However, within two years, he was charged in El Salvador with crimes related to public peace, illicit groups, and illegal firearm possession. Despite these charges, he found his way back into the U.S. and was later encountered by Border Patrol with his family in March 2021 near Hidalgo, Texas. He was released into the country, only to be apprehended again in Cockeysville, Maryland, last week.

The case, which also involved a denied application for asylum and withholding of removal, has now seen a reinstatement of his removal by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as of February 2023. “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,” ICE detailed in its statement. The man will remain in ICE custody pending his deportation.

The situation draws attention to the broader issue of gang activity within the U.S., as federal data shows Border Patrol made 65 arrests of 18th Street gang members in the fiscal year 2023 alone. This gang is known for violent activities across numerous U.S. regions, posing significant challenges to law enforcement agencies.

The arrest and impending deportation of this Salvadoran gang member underscores the ongoing efforts by U.S. immigration authorities to combat illegal immigration and to maintain the integrity of U.S. borders. As the country continues to grapple with the challenges of illegal immigration, this case serves as a testament to the commitment of ICE and other federal agencies to uphold U.S. immigration laws and protect its communities.

ICE and other American law enforcement agencies deserve nothing less than the full commitment of elected officials to support their efforts to protect our citizens and property.