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Illegal Alien Wanted For Murder In Mexico Had Been Living In New York For 20 Years!

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

NEW YORK, NY - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) officers returned a suspect in a 20-year-old Mexican homicide case to Mexico. Officers from ICE ERO New York and San Antonio transferred custody of Arsenio Victor Balderas-Martinez, 52, to Mexican law enforcement authorities at the Laredo, Texas, port of entry, Tuesday, May 12.

In June 2000, a magistrate in Oaxaca, Mexico issued an arrest warrant for Balderas-Martinez, who is suspected in the March 6, 2000, shooting death of a family member. If convicted, Balderas-Martinez faces a sentence of 35 years in prison.

On Sept. 17, ERO’s Transnational Law Enforcement Operations Unit advised ERO New York that Balderas-Martinez, who illegally entered the United States at an unknown time and date, was a Mexican fugitive residing in the New York City Metropolitan area.

Deportation officers from ERO New York’s Violent Criminal Alien Section arrested Balderas-Martinez on Staten Island, New York, Dec. 3, and placed him into removal proceedings.

During March 3 immigration proceedings, an immigration judge in New York City, granted Balderas-Martinez a voluntary departure. Balderas-Martinez then waived his right to appeal, paving the way for his return to his home country to stand trial. ERO New York deportation officers, assisted by ERO’s San Antonio Field Office, escorted the suspect to the border before turning him over to Mexican authorities.

This is a very serious crime that Balderas-Martinez is suspected of committing. He believed he could evade justice by fleeing Mexico and illegally entering the United States. That’s why returning him to his home country to stand trial is a great win for the immigration and criminal justice systems in the United States and Mexico,” said Thomas Decker, field office director for ICE ERO New York. “Foreign fugitives who think they can hide in the United States to skirt justice in their home countries should know that they will find no refuge here. ICE ERO will continue to work with our domestic and international partners to bring them to justice and keep our communities safe."

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