For Immediate Release

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SALT LAKE CITY — On Sept. 1, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Salt Lake City announced the arrest of 15 noncitizens during a national operation that ran from Aug. 4-25. Officers focused enforcement efforts against priority removable fugitive noncitizens — specifically, those identified as having criminal convictions for crimes including, but not limited to, burglary, domestic violence, driving under the influence, drug distribution or trafficking, sexual abuse or exploitation, or unlawful possession or use of a firearm — as well as noncitizens with an executable final order of removal who have reentered the United States illegally after having been previously removed.

“ERO casts a wide net in the Rocky Mountain region,” said ERO Salt Lake City Field Office Director Michael Bernacke. “Foreign criminals be warned that we are looking for you and we will find you.”

Officers prioritized enforcement actions in accordance with the Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law issued by Secretary Mayorkas on Sept. 30, 2021, and reinstituted on June 28.

Those arrested include:
  • A 38-year-old citizen of El Salvador arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, who was convicted of felony attempted child abuse, neglect or endangerment for which he was remanded to the Nevada Department of Corrections. He will remain in ICE custody pending removal to El Salvador.
  • A 40-year-old citizen of Mexico arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, who was convicted for domestic violence and remanded to the Henderson City Jail. They will remain in ICE custody pending removal to Mexico.
  • A 41-year-old citizen of Mexico arrested in Salt Lake City, Utah, who was convicted of felony attempted aggravated sex abuse of a child for which he was remanded to the custody of the Utah department of corrections. He will remain in ICE custody pending removal to Mexico.

ERO officers evaluate individuals on a case-by-case basis, assessing the totality of the facts and circumstances to make informed arrest determinations. Those cases amenable to federal criminal prosecution can be presented to the U.S. attorney's office. ERO also coordinates with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to evaluate the completion of relevant noncitizen applications.

In fiscal year 2022, ERO arrested 46,396 noncitizens with criminal histories. This group had 198,498 associated charges and convictions, including 21,531 assault offenses, 8,164 sex and sexual assault offenses, 5,554 weapons offenses, 1,501 homicide-related offenses, and 1,114 kidnapping offenses.

As one of ICE's three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO's mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency's detained and non-detained populations, and repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal. ERO's workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings, and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.

Members of the public can report crime and suspicious activity by calling 866-347-2423 or completing the online tip form. Follow us on X, formerly known as Twitter, @EROSaltlakeCity, to learn more about ERO Salt Lake City’s missions and operations.