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Convicted and Previously Deported Felon Caught at Border

Release Date: 
January 29, 2019

EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol Agents arrested a previously deported felon and his child as he attempted to enter the United States illegally near the Bridge of the Americas.


Border Patrol Agents working in El Paso arrested a family unit that consisted of a father and son from Guatemala as they attempted to enter the United States illegally January 24.  During processing Border Patrol agents identified the subject as 45-year-old Lauro Garcia-Perez from Guatemala.  Border Patrol agents also found that Garcia had an extensive criminal history in New Jersey. 


Garcia was charged in 2005 for aggravated assault, burglary, aggravated sexual assault during robbery, and criminal sexual contact.  Garcia was found guilty of burglary- entering structure, a felony in the state of New Jersey, and sentenced to four years of confinement. 


Garcia and his son are both pending immigration proceedings at this time.  His attempt has been thwarted thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Border Patrol, keeping convicted criminals out of our communities.  During fiscal year 2018 and up until late August, the U.S. Border Patrol arrested nearly 8,000 illegal aliens with criminal backgrounds and or outstanding warrants.

Last modified: 
January 29, 2019