U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers removed a French national Tuesday, wanted in his home country on attempted murder and kidnapping charges.
Samba Ndiaye, 42, also known as Mohamed Fall, was removed from the United States via an ICE Air charter flight and transferred into the custody of French law enforcement authorities.
“This man was convicted in his home country of the heinous acts of kidnapping and attempted murder, living in our communities as if he was immune from facing his punishment in France. He assumed escaping to New York, a sanctuary city, the local laws would allow him to run free and continue to be a threat to the citizens of New York. As political rhetoric continue to push against ICE as an agency, ICE officers continue to make this a safer city simply by doing their jobs, enforcing the country’s immigration laws as enacted by Congress, and arresting and removing criminal aliens from the United States.”
— Thomas R. Decker, Field Officer Director for ERO New York
According to French law enforcement authorities, in December 2002, under his true identity, Ndiaya was convicted of a 1997 kidnapping, sequestration with acts of torture and attempted murder of a male in the city of Marseilles. He was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment.
Ndiaye initially entered the United States on an unknown date at an unknown place. In June 2005, ICE arrested Ndiaye, who claimed to be Mohamed Fall, a citizen of Mauritania. He was placed into removal proceedings. In July 2005, under the name Fall, ICE released Ndiaye from custody on bond. On July 28, 2008, an immigration judge ordered his removal, but he appealed that decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). On June 21, 2010, the BIA dismissed his appeal. On Nov. 28, 2012, again under the name Fall, he was convicted in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio for violation of Title 18 USC 111, assaulting, resisting or impeding officers, and sentenced to eight months in custody. Following the completion of that sentence, he returned to ICE custody, however, ICE released him on an order of supervision while efforts to secure a Mauritanian travel document continued.
On April 23, 2019, a French law enforcement liaison officer assigned to the Consulate General of France in New York City notified ERO New York that he believed Ndiaye to be a French national and fugitive who used the alias Mohamed Fall. ERO deportation officers then compared fingerprints and photographs provided by the French authorities and determined that Mohamad Fall and Samba Ndiaye were the same individual. On May 21, 2019, ERO deportation officers assigned to the Violent Criminal Alien Section (VCAS) and the Joint Criminal Alien Removal Task Force (JCART) arrested Ndiaye in Manhattan, paving the way for his removal to France.
ERO removed or returned 256,085 aliens in fiscal year 2018. Enforcement and removal operations arrested 158,581 aliens, 90 percent of whom had criminal convictions, pending criminal charges, or previously issued final orders. The overall arrest figure represents an 11 percent increase over fiscal year 2017.
ICE is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.
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