U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday expelled an unlawful worker who was needed in El Salvador on charges of terrorism and driving terrorist associations.
Saul Alberto Benavides, 35, was flown on a charter flight facilitated by ICE's Air Operations Unit from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to San Salvador, El Salvador, the organization said in a public statement.
After showing up in San Salvador, Benavides was turned over to authorities from El Salvador's Civilian National Police.
The organization says Benavides illegally entered the United States by way of Roma, Texas, a town along the Mexico frontier, on July 1, 2019.
As indicated by ICE, Benavides was an individual from the 18th Street gang, a transnational criminal association established during the 1960s by migrants and multiracial young people.
Benavides was seized by U.S. Border Patrol in Robstown, Texas, on March 26, 2020, and moved into ICE guardianship.
An immigration judge requested Benavides expulsion from the U.S. to El Salvador on June 15, ICE said.