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Man arrested by ICE agents in Kansas City deported to Mexico

Posted at 12:18 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 17:35:17-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The man arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Monday in Kansas City, Missouri, was deported to Mexico, according to a nonprofit immigrant rights organization.

The Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation said Thursday that 32-year-old Florencio Millan-Vazquez, whose arrest sparked national outcry after his partner live streamed the event on Facebook, was in Mexico.

The organization said it is trying to help connect him with New Comienzos, a nonprofit that helps deportees find shelter and work in Mexico City.

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Millan was inside a vehicle with his partner, Cheyenne Hoyt, and two young children when ICE agents boxed the car in on Monday. One ICE agent broke a car window to get to Millan.

When Millan and Hoyt asked to see a warrant, agents said they had a "paperless warrant."

Under the law, ICE agents can arrest people without a warrant if they believe the person is going to escape before they can obtain a warrant. It was not clear if that was the case in this incident.

ICE released a statement Tuesday morning stating Millan was an immigration fugitive at the time of his arrest. Spokesman Shawn Neudauer also said Millan has a prior criminal history of misdemeanor offenses.

According to records, Millan has 11 minor traffic charges ranging from speeding to driving without a license to driving without insurance. The charges took place in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015.

In 2011, Millan returned to Mexico under a voluntary departure order, but came back to the U.S. five days later under a different name. He was then deported.