Mexican Subject Had Been Previously Deported
DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station apprehended a convicted sex offender who was previously deported.
“Our Border Patrol agents’ efforts and commitment to the mission of protecting our nation’s borders demonstrate great diligence and perseverance.” said Chief Patrol Agent, Del Rio Sector Rodolfo Karisch. “Our agents put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe.”
On Oct. 21, agents patrolling near the Rio Grande River apprehended Jose Ignacio Ruiz-Ramirez, 43, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. During processing, agents discovered that Ruiz-Ramirez had been previously deported from the United States and is a convicted sex offender. Records revealed Ruiz-Ramirez was convicted in Harris County in 1999 for indecency with a child, a third-degree felony. He was sentenced to four years confinement and subsequently deported in 2001.
Ruiz-Ramirez faces a charge of illegal re-entry after deportation – 8 USC § 1326 – which carries a possible sentence up to 20 years in prison.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. During FY 2015, which ended on Sept. 30, 2015, Del Rio Sector agents apprehended 13 previously deported sex offenders. During FY 2016, to date, Del Rio Sector agents have apprehended four previously deported sex offenders. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
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.