First-Time Immigration Violators Face Criminal Charges
In October alone, more than 200 people arrested in the Nogales corridor, many of whom were first-time offenders, were found amenable for prosecution. Prosecution for illegally crossing one time results in a misdemeanor charge, with multiple crossings amounting to a felony. Additional penalties include a 5-year ban from the United States, with subsequent entries increasing it to 20 years and then a lifetime ban.
This criminal prosecution program is intended to discourage illegal entry and prevent injury and death to illegal immigrants within the Tucson Sector’s area of operations, specifically Nogales. Similar programs have reduced the number of recidivism in neighboring sectors.
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.