Immigration & BorderIssuesLocal NewsICE Deports MS-13 Gang Member Apprehended in Houston

ICE has deported a known MS-13 gang member back to El Salvador where he is wanted for homicide. He was apprehended in Houston in January.
April 29, 2019
On Friday, April 26, agents with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported 27-year-old Victor Manuel Campos Cruz. He is from El Salvador, where he is wanted on aggravated homicide charges. Cruz is also a known member of MS-13.

The arrest occurred in Houston on January 2, 2019, for local criminal charges. Last Friday, Cruz was flown to Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador, El Salvador.

ICE agent Patrick Contreras said in a statement, “The ongoing cooperation between the United States and Salvadoran governments resulted in this foreign fugitive being safely returned to his home country where he will stand trial for his alleged crimes.”

In Fiscal Year 2018, ICE removed almost 260,000 illegal immigrants. In that same time frame, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested over 142,000 illegal aliens with criminal convictions, pending charges, or already established final orders.

MS-13 is estimated to have between 50,000 to 70,000 members nationwide. A 2018 Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) study estimated between 600 and 1,000 MS-13 members operate in the Lone Star State.

The Texas DPS lists MS-13 as a Tier 1 public safety gang threat.


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