Tucson, Ariz. - A 30-year-old Guatemalan male, apprehended by Nogales Station Border Patrol agents in May, was sentenced to 24 months in prison on Nov. 8.
The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted Allan Yair Najera-Valenti for attempting to re-enter the United States illegally after his apprehension on May 12, 2011. During processing at the Nogales Station, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System revealed that Najera-Valenti was convicted twice in Phoenix - in 1998 and 2009. The first conviction, unlawful possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, resulted in a 15-month prison sentence. The later conviction, for misconduct involving a weapon, earned Najera-Valenti another 18 months in prison. Records also indicated Najera-Valenti was previously deported from the United States through Arizona.
Following initial processing, the Border Patrol submitted the case to the U.S. Attorney's Office for re-entry of a felon. He will be formally removed from the U.S. following his 24-month incarceration.
All illegal immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using IAFIS. This vital tool accesses criminal records throughout the United States, thereby assisting agents to quickly identify violent criminals and wanted persons.
In January 2011, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol, a component of the Joint Field Command-Arizona, enhanced the Consequence Delivery System as an integral component of its enforcement strategy. CDS centers on delivering a targeted consequence to illegal immigrants, while simultaneously disrupting the smuggling cycle and reducing recidivism rates by ensuring consequences are upheld to the full extent of the law. Najera-Valenti is now banned for life from all legalization processes without a waiver from the United States Attorney General.
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