Tucson, Ariz. - A 37-year-old male from Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico, who was apprehended by Casa Grande Station Border Patrol agents in early February, was sentenced to 33 months in prison on October 20.
The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted Miguel Hernandez-Hernandez after his apprehension on
Feb. 4, for attempting to illegally re-enter the United States. During processing at the Casa Grande Station, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System revealed Hernandez-Hernandez was previously convicted of a felony in 1999 in Bartow, Fla., for a lewd, lascivious indecent assault upon and/or in the presence of a child.
Current records also indicate Hernandez-Hernandez 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. Hernandez-Hernandez will be formally removed from the country following his 33-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. Hernandez-Hernandez is now banned for life from all legalization processes without a waiver from the U.S. Attorney General.
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.