SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) San Antonio removed an undocumented noncitizen wanted by authorities in Honduras for aggravated sexual assault. Deportation officers from ERO San Antonio removed Wilian Emilson Castro Bustillo, 34, from the United States to Honduras on Oct. 30 via ICE Air Operations.
On June 11, Castro entered the United States at or near Eagle Pass without admission or parole. On the same date, U.S. Border Patrol arrested him and served him with a notice to appear. On June 16, ERO San Antonio received custody of Castro and transferred him to the South Texas ICE Processing Center to await his immigration proceedings. On the same date, ERO San Antonio received notification that Castro was the subject of an active foreign arrest warrant in Honduras.
On Sept. 1, an immigration judge ordered Castro removed from the United States to Honduras.
“We will remain committed to our ERO mission of removing criminals from the U.S. in efforts to keep our communities safer,” said ERO San Antonio Interim Field Office Director Garrett Ripa.
ERO conducts removals of individuals without a lawful basis to remain in the United States, including at the order of immigration judges with the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). EOIR is a separate entity from the Department of Homeland Security and ICE. Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case, determining if a noncitizen is subject to a final order of removal or eligible for certain forms of relief from removal.
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.