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Deported man previously convicted of killing U.S. Border Patrol agent caught trying to illegally re enter the U.S.

September 9, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Deported man previously convicted of killing U.S. Border Patrol agent caught trying to illegally re enter the U.S.

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A Mexican national, who was extradited from the United States after serving 11 years behind bars for the slaying of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jorge Salomon-Martinez back in 2003, was detained after he illegally re-entered the U.S. on Sunday.

Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector arrested Francisco Javier Rosas-Molina after he illegally crossed the border into Arizona on Sunday, according to the Tucson Sentinel.

Rosas-Molina was one of four individuals who battered Agent Salomon-Martinez to death when he was off-duty in Mexico. The beating transpired after Rosas-Molina realized that Salomon-Martinez was a Border Patrol agent, and he had been deported from the United States numerous times before the murder.

“The men snuck up behind Salomon and beat him, pelting him with rocks until they eventually crushed his skull with a 50-pound rock,” Mexican prosecutors asserted. The homicide happened near the town of Bacocahi, Sonora, Mexico, which is approximately forty miles south of the border in Arizona.

The suspect has a lengthy track record of illegal entry and extradition. This incident is at least the third time he has illegally re-entered the country in 2016 alone, court documents allege.

Rosas was arrested back in June near Tucson, Arizona, sans the proper immigration paperwork that he needed. At that time, he also confessed to illegally coming into the U.S. in November 2015.

A different criminal complaint that was reportedly filed this week reveals that Rosas-Molina was caught again crossing the border in August, but this time, it was near Hidalgo, Texas. At that point, he was refused admission into the U.S. and was deported, only to resurface again on September 4th.

According to the Tucson Sentinel, Rosas-Molina was taken into custody back in 2002 for trying to smuggle weed into the U.S. He served 108 days behind bars for the conviction.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents also detained and deported Rosas-Molina’s accomplice in the 2003 killing. According to Breitbart Texas, 25-year-old Jose Arturo Arreola-Lopez was extradited to Mexico in 2011 to face trial for the murder of the slain agent. He was subsequently arrested in March 2011 for drug possession, and ICE agents issued an immigration detainer for the man. They transported him out of the Martin County Jail in Minnesota in July 2011 for deportation.

“ICE agents’ vigilance resulted in the discovery that this subject was wanted for the murder of a Border Patrol Agent several years ago,” chief patrol agent of the Tucson Sector Border Patrol, Randy Hill, said in 2011. “Losing a member of the Border Patrol family is a tragedy. However, this action today sends a message to anyone who would contemplate bringing harm to a Border Patrol Agent – there will be justice – no matter how long it may take.”

The re-arrest of the murderer who was deported numerous times re-emphasizes the necessity to secure the border that the U.S. shares with Mexico. Criminals currently feel free to enter and leave as they please without worrying about any punishment.

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