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ICE deports former soldier accused of human rights violations in El Salvador

June 13, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
ICE deports former soldier accused of human rights violations in El Salvador

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) terminated a former soldier who was implicated in torturing guerillas during his stint in the Salvadorian Army. ERO officers turned him over to immigration officials in El Salvador.

According to court records, 49-year-old Jose Francisco Grijalva Monroy, a native of El Salvador, testified that as a soldier in the army, he tortured guerrillas by hanging them from trees by their hands and smacking their chests with his hands. Monroy also confessed that he tied purported militants to the back of an army vehicle and dragged them until their skin came off.

“As this removal makes clear, ICE is working to ensure our nation does not become a haven for human rights violators,” Marc J. Moore, the field office director for the Miami Field Office of ERO, said in a released statement.

An immigration judge with the Executive Office for Immigration Review ruled that Monroy should be deported back to El Salvador in 2011. His appeal was dismissed by the Board of Immigration Review in 2012.

This case was prosecuted by ICE’s Office of Chief Counsel in Orlando with assistance from the Human Rights Law Section and Immigration Law and Practice Division, along with ICE’s Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center (HRVWCC).

Since 2003, ICE has apprehended over 380 suspects for human rights violations under various criminal and immigration statutes. During that period, ICE received deportation orders and deported 785 known or suspected human rights violators from the U.S.

Currently, HSI has over 160 investigations into alleged human rights violators and is pursuing over 1,750 leads and removal cases involving suspected human rights violators from 95 countries. Since 2003, the HRVWCC has declared over 70,400 lookouts for individuals from more than 110 countries and prevented 213 rights violators and war crimes suspects from coming into the U.S.

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