Tucson, Ariz. - A 43-year-old male from Sonora, Mexico, who was apprehended by Nogales Station Border Patrol agents in early May, was sentenced to 75 months in prison on Oct. 18.
The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted Alejandro Rivas-Amador after his apprehension on May 9, 2010, for attempting to illegally re-enter the United States. During processing at the Nogales Station, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System revealed Rivas-Amador was previously convicted in Santa Cruz County in 1992 for attempted robbery and sentenced to one year in prison before being removed from the United States.
Current record checks also indicated Rivas-Amador was previously deported from the United States after serving his sentence. Following initial processing, the Border Patrol submitted the case to the U.S. Attorney's Office for re-entry of a felon. Rivas-Amador will be formally removed from the country following his 75-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, implemented 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. Rivas-Amador is now banned for life from all legalization processes without a waiver from the U.S. Attorney General.
CBP announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the U.S. Border Patrol, Air and Marine, and Field Operations under a unified command structure. The JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.