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Feds nab Sureños 13 gang member protected by sheriff in Texas sanctuary city

July 20, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds nab Sureños 13 gang member protected by sheriff in Texas sanctuary city

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The feds arrested a convicted Sureños 13 gang member who was illegally in the U.S. and was being protected by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

According to KVUE, 33-year-old Julio Cesar Mendoza Caballero, a documented member of the Sureños 13 gang, was previously found guilty of gun theft and was deported four times. Mendoza currently faces a felony charge for illegally re-entering the U.S.

One month before his arrest, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office released the man after he was taken into custody on an unrelated charge. Authorities continued to free him despite the fact that ICE filed an immigration detainer with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

Julio Cesar Mendoza-Caballero

An immigration detainer is a legal application and an administrative warrant where it requests another agency to hold an illegal for up to 48 hours so federal agents can apprehend that individual for prosecution or deportation.

Mendoza’s criminal past started in 2008 when he was found guilty in Hopkins County on a state charge linked to firearm theft. Since he was first arrested, the man was deported four times. His most recent deportation occurred in 2013 after another conviction for illegal re-entry.

Under the direction of Sheriff Sally Hernandez, Travis County has a record of overlooking detainers and challenging the federal government on immigration issues.

From January to February of this year, Hernandez supervised the release of 142 undocumented criminals from her jail, despite immigration detainers filed prior.

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