ICE Arrests El Salvador-Wanted International Fugitive In NYC

In a show of just how bad illegal immigration has become under the Biden administration, U.S. authorities recently apprehended an international fugitive in New York City who is currently wanted in El Salvador on charges relating to terrorism.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in coordination with Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), recently detained the international fugitive in the Big Apple. The individual is a known member of a New York City-based gang called the Colombia Little Cycos Surenos clique, as reported by Just the News.

“Not only is this individual a known member of a violent international street gang that engages in a variety of criminal activities to include acts of assault, robbery, kidnapping, murder, and firearms trafficking; he is also a foreign fugitive wanted on terrorism charges,” ERO New York City Field Office Director Kenneth Genalo said in a statement.

“This noncitizen is a direct threat to the security of the United States and a danger to our New York communities. I am grateful to our officers for removing him from our streets.” the ERO official added.

The Salvadoran national was later arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents but was not deported after claiming asylum. Upon learning that the individual was wanted for terrorism in El Salvador and was a gang member, ERO arrested him.

“On April 6, 2018, he was released on $2,500 bond. On April 23, 2023, an immigration judge in New York City terminated the noncitizen’s removal proceedings without prejudice,” ICE’s statement read.

“In June 2023, the ERO attaché in El Salvador notified ERO New York City that the individual was an international fugitive. ERO New York City arrested the noncitizen after investigating his transnational gang membership and terrorist organization activities,” it continued.

Unlike President Joe Biden, El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele, has cracked down on gangs in his country.

Since March 2023, El Salvador has arrested nearly 60,000 individuals suspected of being affiliated with gangs, as reported by BBC. The large-scale arrests come after Bukele announced his “Territorial Control Plan.”

As a result of Bukele’s tough anti-gang stance, Salvadorans can live freely without having to constantly look over their shoulders.