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Week of January 24 – January 30
Wanted for War Crimes, Deported Back to Guatemala
ICE issued a press release on the successful Jan. 29 deportation of a Guatemalan national wanted for war crimes, including “sexual violence targeting indigenous women in the 1980s.” Francisco Cuxum Alvarado, 64, was caught illegally reentering the U.S. in May 2019 and received a federal conviction in December. He served six months in prison for illegal reentry and then was removed to his native country.
Cuxum Alvarado is accused of belonging to the 1980s civilian militias known as the Civil Defense Patrols (PACs) who carried out numerous massacres against the Maya Achi indigenous people of Rio Negro and Rabinal in Guatemala. According to ICE’s statement, more than 400 Maya Achi were killed and hundreds more removed from their homes. Cuxum Alvarado was identified as a suspect in 1998 for participating in the March 13, 1982 massacre of 177 people, including 107 children at Cerro Pacoxom.
PAC members were also blamed for committing sexual violence against the Maya Achi women during the ‘80s. The Guatemalan government, in 2018, charged Cuxum Alvarado with “crimes against humanity for participating in the wartime sexual violence against Maya Achi women in and around Rabinal.”
Jason Molina, acting special agent in charge of the ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Boston, said:
“Today, human rights violators have been put on notice. There is no safe haven for you in the United States. Thanks to the relentless teamwork of HSI and ERO professionals, criminal researchers, attorneys, historians, and local police, the people of Guatemala have been given the opportunity to restore a measure of justice to a tragic chapter of their recent history. Cuxum-Alvarado can now be held accountable for his alleged crimes by those who most deserve the opportunity to decide his fate. The people of Guatemala working through their own sovereign system of justice.”
Despite constant backlash and being thwarted by other law enforcement due to sanctuary laws, ICE has continued to remove illegal criminal aliens from our country and our neighborhoods. The federal agency has also stepped up its game, going after cities that have not notified it about dangerous illegal immigrants when they are released, such as Denver and New York. Recently, ICE filed a lawsuit against New York and it’s mayor citing several victims, including the 92-year-old woman that was raped and murdered just a few weeks after authorities released an unauthorized male from custody. But it’s not just our shores the agency is protecting – by apprehending and removing dangerous individuals, they are shielding us all. Cuxum Alvarado may be wanted for war crimes in Guatemala, but that does not mean he has not committed others in the decades that he’s been free.
Since 2003, ICE, according to the statement, has arrested more than 450 people for human rights-related violations. The agency has obtained orders for deportation as well as physically removed 1,030 “known or suspected” human rights violators from the U.S. It has also assisted in the “departure of an additional 160 such individuals.”
HSI has more than 180 active investigations regarding suspected human rights violators currently. The unit said they are actively pursuing more than 1,640 leads involving human rights violators from 95 different countries. “Since 2003,” the statement reads, “the HRVWCC [Human Rights Violations & War Crimes Center] has issued more than 76,000 lookouts for individuals from more than 110 countries and stopped over 315 human rights violators and war crimes suspects from entering the U.S.”
This, mind you, is the agency the progressive left would like to see dismantled.
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