U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thursday said it deported a Guatemalan man suspected of war crimes, including genocide and mass rapes from the 1980’s.
“A Guatemalan national wanted for his role in sexual violence targeting indigenous women in the 1980s, was removed to his native country by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers Jan. 29. His removal follows a federal conviction in December 2019, for illegally reentering the United States,” and ICE press release said.
Francisco Cuxum Alvarado, 64, was living in Waltham, MA among ordinary Americans until his May 2019 arrest for illegally re-entering the United States.
Alvarado stands accused of war crimes in his native country.
“According to court documents, beginning in the early 1980s, Guatemalan armed forces, assisted by civilian militias known as the Civil Defense Patrols (PACs), perpetrated a series of massacres against the indigenous Maya Achí people of Rio Negro, in and around the municipality of Rabinal, in Guatemala,” ICE said.
“More than 400 Maya Achí people were killed in these massacres and hundreds of others were forcibly removed from their homes. In 1998, Cuxum Alvarado was named as a suspect in the March 13, 1982, massacre of 177 individuals, including 107 children at Cerro Pacoxom,” the press release continued.
ICE also said that Alvarado was officially charged by the Guatemalan government with “crimes against humanity for participating in the wartime sexual violence” against Maya Achí women during his time as a rebel soldier. Those charges were levied against him in 2018.
In the press release, ICE noted that it has arrested 450 people for crimes against humanity since 2003. The federal law enforcement agency has obtained deportation orders for, or physically removed, another 1030 people suspected of crimes against humanity in the same time period.
In Sept. 2019, ICE arrested 39 suspected human rights violators in a nationwide roundup. The countries of origin of the alleged criminals included El Salvador, Guatemala, China, Liberia, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, Colombia, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, and Sudan.
Meanwhile, Democratic Party lawmakers continue to clamor to abolish the agency in its entirety. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called for ICE to be abolished on her infamous Twitter account just one week ago, after President Donald J. Trump moved to curb “birth tourism” in the United States.
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