SAN ANTONIO — A previously deported Salvadoran man — who is a known 18th
Street gang member wanted in his home country
for aggravated homicide, aggravated robbery, deprivation of liberty — was
removed Thursday by deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Yimmi Jose Pereira-Ramos, 24, was
flown to El Salvador May 9 on a charter flight coordinated by ICE Air Operations (IAO). Upon arrival,
Campos-Rivera was turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Civilian National
On March 1, 2017, Pereira-Ramos and other suspected gang members were allegedly involved in
a shooting which claimed the life of one man. According to authorities, Pereira-Ramos used a firearm in the homicide. On Oct. 1, 2017, Pereira-Ramos also participated in an alleged robbery that involved
kidnapping a woman.
“The Pereira-Ramos case shows how effective cooperation between U.S. and
Salvadoran law enforcement authorities helps keep our communities safe from
violent criminal aliens who try to find safe haven in the United States from their
crimes,” said Daniel Bible, field office director for ERO San Antonio. “Such
cases emphasize the vital nature of ICE immigration enforcement activities.”
June 21, 2013, immigration officials arrested
Pereira-Ramos after he illegally entered
the United States near Abram, Texas. Three days later,
he was transferred to ICE custody. On Aug. 29, 2013, he was removed to El
One May 1, 2018, immigration officials arrested Pereira-Ramos again after he illegally re-entered the United States
near La Joya, Texas. Two days later, he was convicted in a Texas federal
court for illegal re-entry and was sentenced to time served.
On Oct. 2018, an immigration judge issued Pereira-Ramos a final order of removal. On March 21, 2019, the Board
of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denied his appeal and upheld the immigration
The ICE ERO El Salvador Office and its Security Alliance for Fugitive
Enforcement (SAFE) task force provided information to the local ERO field
offices to facilitate Pereira-Ramos’ arrest.
ICE removed or returned 258,085 aliens in fiscal year
2018. ERO arrested 158,581 aliens, 90% of whom had criminal convictions,
pending criminal charges, or previously issued final orders. The overall arrest
figure represents an 11% increase over fiscal year 2017.
ICE is focused on removing public safety threats, such as
convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have
violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally
re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered