A man with an outstanding arrest warrant in Honduras for brutally hacking two people to death in a 1997 machete attack has been caught by ICE and is now awaiting deportation back to his home country.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Francisco Escobar-Orellana, a 56-year-old illegal alien from Honduras, was arrested on Tuesday morning near his home in Hope Mills.
Escobar had been arrested in North Carolina in July 2011 for driving under the influence. It is unclear why he was released at that time since, as ICE stated on Wednesday, Honduras had filed an arrest warrant for him in 2005.
It is not clear why Escobar was released from custody in 2011, but many are suggesting that under the Obama Administration, criminal migrants were not to be too deeply looked into.
ICE field office director, Sean Gallagher said in a statement:
“ICE is focused on identifying, arresting and removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws,”
“ICE Fugitive Operations Teams conduct targeted enforcement operations toward these identified threats to public safety. North Carolina residents are safer today thanks to the professionalism and hard work of these dedicated officers.”
With ICE being given more encouragement and freedoms to pick up illegal immigrants who have committed crimes by the new Trump administration, hopefully this will be the first of many operations to protect American citizens and migrants.