A Canadian citizen with an expired visitor’s visa, and who had two convictions for trespassing at the California home of fashion model and television personality Kendall Jenner, was deported Tuesday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
John Ford, 38, who had a final order of removal to Canada, was escorted by ERO officers from El Paso to Houston International Airport, where he boarded a commercial flight, which the officers verified departed directly to Ontario, Canada.
On March 25, 2019, special agents with ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and ERO officers arrested Ford in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after learning he was in the country illegally and receiving a tip that he was in the area.
Earlier this year, Los Angeles Police Department officers arrested Ford after he was discovered in Jenner’s swimming pool at her California home. In the past year, Ford has been arrested twice for trespassing on Jenner’s private property. Both arrests resulted in misdemeanor convictions, for which he served jail sentences. Jenner filed protection orders against Ford, which he violated by trespassing on her property.
“Removing potentially dangerous aliens who are unlawfully present in our country is of the highest priority for ICE, especially those who threaten the safety of Americans,” said Corey A. Price, field office director for ICE ERO El Paso. “The swift action of our officers helped protect the Kardashian-Jenner family and future potential victims of John Ford. Our officers work tirelessly to remove criminal aliens from our communities, making them safer and our nation more secure.”
In March, the Kardashian-Jenner family expressed its gratitude for the arrest:
“We are extremely appreciative of the hard work by the Los Angeles Police Department and ICE, whose swift response and professionalism lead to the apprehension of this man. Not only have his actions had a severe impact on Kendall’s life, but on our entire family, causing all of us to fear for her safety as well as our own. Knowing this individual is in custody gives us peace of mind.”
On March 29, 2018, Ford entered the United States from Canada at Sweetwater, Montana, with a non-immigrant B-2 visa, which allowed him to remain in the country for no longer than six months.
Following his arrest by ICE, Ford was processed and served with a notice to appear (NTA) before a federal immigration judge, who ordered him removed from the United States on April 30, 2019.
This press release was originally published by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.