In a recent success for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, an illegal alien named Josue Salvador Hernandez-Portillo has finally been apprehended and deported from the United States after he was let into the nation’s interior during former President Barack Obama’s tenure.
In 2016, Obama's DHS released Josue Salvador Hernandez Portillo into the U.S. A year later, a warrant was issued for his arrest on murder charges in El Salvador. He was only just deported last week. https://t.co/qwdOyq9E73
— John 👽 (@JxhnBxnder) July 20, 2023
Hernandez-Portillo entered the United States without proper inspection or admission by an immigration official at an unknown date and location. However, his presence came under scrutiny in October 2016 when the U.S. Border Patrol arrested him in Hidalgo, Texas, and subsequently transferred him to ICE custody at the Port Isabel Service Processing Center.
Following this arrest, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a notice to appear to Hernandez-Portillo in November 2016. A month later in December 2016, ERO Houston released him on a $12,000 immigration bond, despite the pending legal proceedings.
The government of El Salvador would later issue arrest warrants for Hernandez-Portillo in July 2017 for aggravated homicide and, later in July 2018, for deprivation of liberties. In January 2019, a public Interpol Red Notice was issued for his arrest.
The situation took a concerning turn in April of this year when Hernandez-Portillo failed to appear before a federal immigration judge for his deportation hearing in Arlington, Virginia. As a result, he was ordered to be deported in absentia.
The case saw a resolution on May 18 when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents successfully apprehended Hernandez-Portillo in Richmond, Virginia. After ensuring all due processes were followed, he was deported on July 14, bringing an end to a prolonged and challenging operation.
Hernandez-Portillo’s deportation is a part of ICE’s ERO’s mission to remove individuals who do not have a lawful basis to remain in the United States.
The agency works in conjunction with immigration judges from the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review to see to the apprehension and deportation of illegal immigrants who pose a potential risk to public safety and undermine the United States immigration laws.