(USNewsMag.com) – An illegal immigrant, who was stopped at the border multiple times before, was recently deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after the agency encountered him once again and discovered he was wanted for murder on the other side of the border in Mexico.
According to a press release, authorities said that the suspect, Juan Martinez Merida, was caught in the US and deported back in October. Before that, he was detained at the border at least seven times and permitted to voluntarily depart, which allows an illegal immigrant to leave the country of their own will and avoid a deportation order. Merida eventually escaped into the US at an undetermined time as a get-away.
ICE arrested Merida in Philadelphia back in August, charging him with inadmissibility. In October, a judge ordered Merida to be deported back to Mexico due to an active warrant across the border for the man’s arrest, according to a statement by the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) branch of ICE.
The Field Office Director of the ERO Philadelphia branch, Cammilla Wamsley, made a statement reiterating the office’s dedication “to ensuring” that those “seeking to evade justice in their home countries are removed” from American communities and sent back “to face justice.”
A similar case occurred shortly before this latest incident involving a Brazilian fugitive wanted for evading a prison sentence in his home country after being convicted for the rape of a 5-year-old child. Saulo Cardona Ferreira, 37, was arrested in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, for evading punishment for “multiple criminal convictions” in 2019. Ferreira received a sentence of 14 years in prison, after which he fled Brazil.
Americans are growing more concerned with the number of get-aways at the border and with how many have turned out to be on criminal and terrorist watchlists. Over the last fiscal year, there have been over 600,000 get-aways who’ve evaded Border Patrol to settle in the US.
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