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Border Patrol agents in Calexico nab man convicted of manslughter trying to cross the border

September 26, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents in Calexico nab man convicted of manslughter trying to cross the border File Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents  (CBP) in California apprehended a previously deported Mexican national convicted of manslaughter  after he illegally re-entered the U.S. from Mexico.

Border Patrol Agents in the San Diego area confronted a 33-year-old Mexican national near the Calexico West Port of Entry. The agents witnessed the man running from the International Border fence.

After agents stopped and questioned the man, they soon determined the man had illegally traversed the border from Mexico. Officers took him into custody, where he was brought for processing to the Calexico Border Patrol Station.

A background check indicated that man was convicted in the United States for weapons possession and voluntary manslaughter charges. The crimes earned the man a nine-year prison sentence in California and was subsequently deported from the U.S. in 2012.

In a written statement, Acting Special Operations Supervisor Miguel Garcia said: “While carrying out our duties as Border Patrol agents, we sometimes encounter dangerous individuals with prior criminal histories attempting to enter the country illegally,”

“This arrest shows how we strive to ensure the safety and well-being of our community while also enforcing immigration laws,” Garcia added.

The Mexican native is now facing additional prosecution for felony Re-Entry After Removal as a convicted felon.

The repeated re-entry of previously deported criminal immigrants is a large concern and often includes child rapists, violent felons, and other sex offenders, which unveils the need for better border security to stop such crossings.

In early September, a Mexican immigrant, who had previously been deported five times, came back to the U.S. to reportedly initiate a string of rapes and violent assaults in Austin, Texas.

Federal prosecutors from the Western District of Texas neglected to prosecute the man for illegal re-entry despite a petition for prosecution from Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The man had been deported four times and earned himself three different DUI offenses.

The failure to prosecute and the resulting assaults and rapes are now being used as part of an investigation by officials with the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.

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