DHS removes six illegal immigrants accused of killing American citizens from Most Wanted list

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WASHINGTON, DC – In a move without explanation, six illegal immigrants that are accused of killing American citizens have been removed from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s “Most Wanted” list. 

While it is unclear whether the matters are connected, the removal of the wanted fugitives from the “Most Wanted” list happens to coincide Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas shuttering the Victim of Immigration Crime Engagement office, also known as VOICE. 

Earlier in June, DHS Secretary Mayorkas announced the ending of the VOICE office, instead replacing it with a new program called Victims Engagement and Services Line, or VESL

While the VOICE office was designed during the Trump administration to address and assist Angel Families during the course of their cases, the Biden administration is taking an approach “to provide victim support regardless of immigration status of the victim or perpetrator,” according to CNN

Secretary Mayorkas noted the following at the disbanding of VOICE and implementation of VESL: 

“All people, regardless of their immigration status, should be able to access victim services without fear.”

Essentially, an agency that is tasked with enforcing immigration laws has created a victim’s services program that extends an olive branch to the very sort of individuals that the agency should be removing from the country. 

Days after the removal of the VOICE office, there was another interesting removal regarding ICE: specifically, the wanted fugitive profiles for six illegal immigrants wanted for various homicide cases

While the “Most Wanted” list on ICE’s website still exists and has fugitive listings for those wanted for a variety of offenses ranging from immigration violations to murder – six suspects all wanted for vehicular homicide were removed. 

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Back in April of 2019, a press release from ICE announced the creation of VOICE and specifically named and added the six illegal immigrants to the “Most Wanted” list that have since been removed. 

The details for each case, per the 2019 ICE press release, are as follows: 

  • Saul Chavez, a Mexican national charged in Cook County, Illinois, with vehicular homicide resulting in the death of William Dennis McCann, 66. Despite a detainer lodged by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations in November 2011 following his arrest, Chavez was released from Cook County custody.

    Chavez, who entered the country without inspection at an unknown place and unknown time, is wanted by ICE as an illegal alien in addition to being a criminal fugitive.

  • Gonzalo Harrell-Gonzalez, a Mexican national, indicted by a Gilmer County, Georgia grand jury on charges of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, two counts of serious injury by vehicle, and reckless driving in the death of Dustin Inman, 16, in January 2001.

    He is wanted by ICE as an illegal alien in addition to being a criminal fugitive.

  • Jesus Maltos-Chacon, a Mexican national, charged in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with homicide and vehicular manslaughter for the death of 20-year-old Blake Zieto.

    Maltos-Chacon also had previous convictions for DUI and assault. Maltos-Chacon, who entered the country without inspection at an unknown place and unknown time, was ordered removed in October 2006. He is an ICE immigration fugitive in addition to being a criminal fugitive.

  • Edwin Mejia, a Honduran national, charged in Omaha, Nebraska with motor vehicular homicide in the death of Sarah Root, 21 in January 2016. Mejia, who entered the country unlawfully as an unaccompanied minor in 2013, was ordered removed in April 2016. He is an ICE immigration fugitive and criminal fugitive.

  • Alan Jacob Mogollon-Anaya, a Mexican national, charged April 2017 for aggravated vehicular homicide, DUI and aggravated assault following the crash that resulted in the death of Shirra Branum, 37, in Washington County, Tennessee.

    Mogollon-Anaya, who had two prior DUI convictions, entered the country without inspection at an unknown place in 2003. He was ordered removed in October 2017. He is an ICE immigration fugitive in addition to being a criminal fugitive.

  • Luis Alberto Rodriguez-Castro, as Honduran national, charged in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina in October 2011 with negligent homicide and vehicular manslaughter linked to the death of Joseph Storie, 51.

    Rodriguez-Castro, who entered the country without inspection at an unknown place in 1998, is wanted by ICE as an illegal alien in addition to being a criminal fugitive.

While we at Law Enforcement Today were able to obtain archived links to each fugitive’s wanted page, each of the mentioned illegal immigrants featured on that 2019 press release all had the original hyperlinks on the webpage disabled. 

Now every original link instead directs users to a “page not found” landing page. 

Jon Feere from the Center of Immigration Studies wrote that this move seems to fall in line with the Biden administration not categorizing drunk/unlicensed driving-related incidents as being priority for removal: 

“The aliens on the now-removed most-wanted list have vehicular homicide charges against them, and some were driving drunk. Their removal from the list is consistent with the Biden administration’s dangerous ICE guidance. Biden, Harris, and Mayorkas don’t consider drunk, unlicensed, reckless driving a serious crime.”

Michele Root, the mother of 21-year-old Sarah Root who was allegedly killed by Edwin Mejia in 2016, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier in June, urging lawmakers not to pass the “Dream and Promise Act of 2021.”

During this testimony, Root noted that her daughter’s alleged killer was removed from ICE’s “Most Wanted” list while delivering harsh criticisms toward the Biden administration’s approach to immigration. 


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