DALLAS — A Salvadoran national, who had previously been deported three times, was deported again Wednesday and turned over to law enforcement authorities.
This deportation was conducted by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Dallas.
German Ardon-Zavala, 57, was removed to El Salvador Oct. 29 via government charter flight from Dallas and was turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Policia Nacional Civil (PNC).
“By removing criminal aliens to their countries of origin, ICE also removes the threat they pose to public safety in local U.S. communities,” said Simona L. Flores, field office director of ERO Dallas. “At the same time, these removals ensure that aliens who commit crimes abroad do not use the United States as a safe haven from justice in their home countries.”
Zavala was first arrested by U.S. Border Patrol in October 1985 when he tried to illegally enter the United States. A federal immigration judge ordered his deportation the following month; and he was first deported Nov. 16, 1985.
After illegally re-entering the United States, Zavala was convicted of various misdemeanor crimes between 2006 and 2008. In March 2008, an immigration judge again ordered his deportation, and he was removed a second time May 5, 2008.
Zavala again illegally re-entered the United States, and he was convicted in Los Angeles of burglary and grand theft, and sentenced to two years in prison Feb. 2, 2011. He entered ICE custody in February 2012 after his release from prison, and was deported a third time March 14, 2012.
Border Patrol agents arrested Zavala Oct. 25, 2012 when he again tried to illegally re-enter the United States. He was federally prosecuted for illegally re-entering the United States after having been deported. He was convicted, and sentenced to two years in federal prison Jan. 9, 2014. Zavala entered ICE custody July 22, 2014 after he was released from prison. On Sept. 24, 2014, an immigration judge in Dallas again ordered his removal to El Salvador. He was deported a fourth time by ICE Air Operations Oct. 29, 2014.