DETROIT, USA – US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers removed a Salvadoran national wanted in his home country for aggravated homicide on April 16.
Jonas Guillen-Guillen, 24, is a citizen of El Salvador who was in the United States without authorization and is a clear threat to public safety.
“The community needs to know a man charged with aggravated homicide, and who has no claim to stay in the United States was living near their homes and children,” said Matthew Putra, deputy field office director, ERO Detroit. “ICE officers routinely place themselves at risk to locate and arrest public safety threats like Guillen to protect the local communities and the homeland.”
Guillen illegally entered the US September 27, 2016, through McAllen, Texas, and was encountered by US Border Patrol and placed into ICE custody where he subsequently bonded out of custody. He failed to appear for his hearing before an immigration judge and has a final order of removal in abstentia from Houston, Texas.
On March 22, 2019, the government of El Salvador issued a warrant for arrest for being a suspect in a homicide. He had another outstanding warrant from Adams County, Colorado for his involvement with dangerous drugs when he was found by the Farmington Police Department in Michigan. Local authorities then transferred Guillen to ICE custody where he remained until his removal.
Guillen was flown on an ICE Air Operations charter flight to Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador, El Salvador. Upon arrival, Guillen was transferred to the custody of El Salvador’s Policia Nacional Civil (PNC).
ICE is charged with enforcing federal immigration laws enacted by Congress. ICE officers are sworn law enforcement officers who carry out the arrest, detention and removal of individuals found to be in the United States unlawfully.
ICE fugitive operations prioritize enforcement efforts toward individuals who present a heightened threat to national security and public safety, such as transnational gang members, child sex offenders and individuals with prior convictions for violent crimes.
As a law enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), ICE is charged with enforcing immigration laws in a way that supports and prioritizes national security, border security and public safety. Like other national security and public safety agencies, ICE operates in an environment of limited resources, under which ICE must prioritize its enforcement and removal operations.
Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the 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.
ICE is now implementing the interim civil immigration enforcement priorities directed by DHS to focus its limited resources on threats to national security, border security and public safety. ICE continues to carry out its duty to enforce the laws of the United States in accordance with the department’s national security and public safety mission.