CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a gang member Sunday evening.
The arrest occurred at approximately 11:25 p.m., when Border Patrol agents on patrol observed a man illegally enter the United States about 11 miles west of the Calexico West Port of Entry.
Agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for processing.
At the station, record checks identified the man as Jorge Escobar-Salinas, a 24-year-old El Salvador national. Record checks also revealed that Escobar is a documented MS-13 gang member.
An Immigration Judge had previously ordered Escobar removed from the United States on November 13, 2019.
Escobar is being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.
All arrested individuals are presumed innocent pending the outcome of legal proceedings.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.