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Illegal Alien Gang Member Wanted On Terrorism Charges, Arrested In Texas

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement press release...

HOUSTON, TX - Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Houston, Texas, removed an illegal alien and known 18th Street gang member Wednesday wanted for terroristic acts and leading terrorist organizations in El Salvador.

Unlawfully present Salvadoran national Saul Alberto Benavides, 35, was flown from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, to the Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador, El Salvador, on a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations Unit.

Upon arrival, he was turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Civilian National Police.

Benavides illegally entered the United States July 1, 2019, near Roma, Texas. On March 26, 2020, he was apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol in Robstown, Texas. On March 27, he was transferred into ICE custody. An immigration judge with the Executive Office for Immigration Review ordered Benavides removed from the U.S. to El Salvador June 15.

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