ICE: In FY 2022, ERO Arrested 46,396 Noncitizens With Criminal Histories

( – An attempted murder suspect who illegally entered the United States at an unknown time and place is now back in Mexican custody, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on Monday.

According to ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), 31-year-old Elvis Alexis Molina Enriquez is wanted in Mexico on charges involving aggravated bodily harm, domestic violence, and attempted “femicide,” or the murder of a female.

This is far from an isolated case, given the Biden administration’s lax border security and the resulting record numbers of migrants crossing at will

According to ICE:

ERO conducted 142,750 administrative arrests in FY 2022, nearly doubling the number (74,082) it made in FY 2021.


(An administrative arrest is the arrest of an alien for a civil violation of the immigration laws, which is subsequently adjudicated by an immigration judge or through other administrative processes.)

46,396 of those 142,750 noncitizens arrested in FY ’22 had a criminal history, including 21,531 charges or convictions for assault; 8,164 for sex offenses and sexual assault; 5,554 for weapons offenses; 1,501 for homicide-related offenses; and 1,114 for kidnapping, “demonstrating the serious public safety risks associated with many of the noncitizens ERO targets and arrests in the interior,” ICE said in its FY 2022 annual report.

In FY 2022, ERO conducted 72,177 removals of noncitizens to more than 150 countries worldwide, compared with 59,011 noncitizen removals in FY 2021.

Among those removed in FY ’22, 2,667 were known or suspected gang members (vs. 2,718 in FY ’21); 56 were known or suspected terrorists (vs. 34 in FY ’21), seven were human rights violators, and 74 were foreign fugitives wanted by their governments for crimes including homicide, rape, terrorism, and kidnapping.

Officials apprehended Molina Enriquez on October 18 as part of a targeted enforcement operation in Santa Maria, California. He was then transferred to Colorado for his immigration proceedings.

ERO officers in Denver sent him back to Mexican authorities, handing him over at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in California.

ICE’s ERO agents target public safety threats, such as convicted criminal noncitizens and gang members, who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-enter the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.

Noncitizens placed into removal proceedings receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts, which are administered by the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.


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