Salvadoran murder suspect removed from U.S. after capture in Phoenix

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MESA -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed a Salvadoran murder suspect from the United States Wednesday morning.

Jose Dolores Sanchez-Rivera, 33, has been charged with aggravated homicide in his native country of El Salvador.

Following his illegal entry into the United States in 2005, Sanchez-Rivera was arrested twice in 2006 on charges related to driving under the influence and driving without a license.

After receiving a lead from the Salvadoran Consul in Nogales, Ariz., ICE's Phoenix Fugitive Operations Team arrested Sanchez-Rivera at his Phoenix home in May.

After his arrest by ICE, a court in San Marcos, El Salvador, issued an arrest warrant for Sanchez-Rivera, charging him with the aggravated homicide of Carlos Ernesto Ramirez.

On Jan. 27, an immigration judge ordered Sanchez-Rivera removed to El Salvador.

Upon arrival, agents with the ICE Office of International Affairs in El Salvador met the deportation flight to complete the transfer of custody to local law enforcement officials.

"ICE will not allow aliens who commit crimes abroad to use the United States as a safe haven from justice in their home countries," said Katrina S. Kane, field office director of the ICE Detention and Removal Office in Phoenix.

"ICE will continue to work with its law enforcement partners locally, nationally and internationally to identify and remove criminal aliens to face justice in their native countries," she continued.