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Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested an El Salvadoran man on the Far West Side Tuesday. Authorities say he is an MS-13 gang member and wanted in his country for murder.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested an MS-13 gang member Tuesday on the Far West Side.

Santos Ceferino Amaya-Cruz, 35, an active member of the El Salvador-based gang, has been removed from the U.S. on two prior occasions, most recently in 2017, according to a release from the federal agency.

He was charged by Salvadoran authorities in January 2018, and the agency said he will remain in ICE custody until he is removed from the country.

“Transnational gangs like MS-13 are a blight on communities at home and abroad, and must be confronted with the full might of law enforcement,” said Rebecca Adducci, ICE‘s Detroit field office director for enforcement and removal operations, in a prepared statement. “Amaya-Cruz will now face justice in his home country for the horrendous crimes for which he stands accused.”

Though the agency says it is focused on removing undocumented immigrants who are a safety threat, President Donald Trump changed immigration laws after taking office so any undocumented immigrant can be removed from the U.S. Before his presidency, agents with the Bush and Obama administrations were told to prioritize criminals for deportation.

Since October 2009, ICE enforcement and removal operations have removed more than 3,700 foreign fugitives who were accused in their country of serious crimes, according to the agency.

In 2019, ICE removed 267,000 people.

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