CBP Arrests Man On Re-entry After Deportation Charges
EL PASO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the El Paso port of entry arrested a Mexican male early Saturday morning after he attempted to entry the country illegally after having been previously deported. The enforcement action was one of 59 recorded at ports of entry in El Paso, West Texas and New Mexico this weekend. CBP officers intercepted illegal immigrants, wanted persons, drug smugglers and other violators during the course of the weekend.
"Everyday CBP officers encounter and stop dangerous people who want to come to our nation but have no legal standing to enter the U.S.," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso port director. "This scrutiny takes time however it is time well spent. Many of these people have previous criminal histories and pose a risk to the community."
The arrest was made in the early morning hours Saturday at the Paso Del Norte pedestrian crossing. CBP officers working the primary booths encountered 29-year-old Jose Luis Elizondo Montes as he applied for entry from Mexico. The man told CBP he was a U.S. citizen but did not have any documentation to substantiate his claim. CBP officers queried the man and found that he was wanted in California on an outstanding warrant. They were also able to confirm that he was not a U.S. citizen and that he had been previously deported. He was arrested by CBP officers on re-entry after deportation charges and booked into the El Paso County Jail where he is currently detained without bond.
CBP officers working at area ports recorded a total of 29 immigration violations during the weekend. Intended immigrants made up the largest group of the violators. A total of 17 were identified through thorough document exams. In these cases, individuals will use a legally issued border-crossing card (laser visa) to live or work in the U.S., which is not authorized. Violators generally lose their documents and are returned to Mexico.
CBP officers working at area ports also took into custody 13 people who were being sought by law enforcement including two missing juveniles and one missing person with a disability. The other 10 were wanted on outstanding warrants.
CBP agriculture specialists working at area ports made 11 seizures of prohibited food and agricultural items resulting in $2,175 in fines being assessed. Prohibited items seized included pork skins, chorizo, oranges, apples, guavas, sapotes, and tangerines. It is important that travelers understand that these items are prohibited because they pose a threat of illness or disease to people, livestock or the agriculture industry.
CBP officers this weekend also made two drug seizures, one currency seizure and identified three export violations. While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.