The brother of actress Sofia Vergara was deported to the family's native Colombia, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed on Thursday to Efe.

The federal agency revealed that on April 26 an immigration judge ruled that Julio Vergara could not remain any longer in the United States "because his criminal convictions are considered felonies under U.S. immigration law."

Therefore, the judge ordered him to be deported, a ruling that ICE carried out on May 9.

In an interview last month with PARADE magazine, Sofia Vergara commented on the problems that Julio, 34, had after the 1998 death of their sibling Rafael in a kidnapping attempt in Colombia.

"After Rafael died, Julio had a rough time," Vergara said in a July 24 cover story. "They were very close.

"Now he's like another person. To see somebody dying over 10 years, little by little, that's the worst punishment," she said.

Sofia Vergara has become the Latino queen of U.S. television thanks to her work in the series "Modern Family," which has garnered her Golden Globe and Emmy nominations.

In the movie arena, she is currently starring in "The Smurfs" - which has just come out - a 3D film directed by Raja Gosnell that mixes animation and real images and the cast of which includes Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria and the voices of singer Katy Perry and George Lopez, among others.