Tucson, AZ - A 28 year-old male from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico who was apprehended by Nogales Border Patrol agents in early April was sentenced to 51 months in prison on Sept. 21.
The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted Jacob Avila-Perez after he was apprehended on April 13, 2011, for attempting to illegally re-enter the United States. During processing at the Nogales Station, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) revealed Avila-Perez was convicted in Maricopa Country in 2002 for aggravated assault on a peace officer and sentenced to three years probation before being removed from the United States. During his probation, Avila-Perez re-entered the U.S. illegally and was arrested and charged with felony misconduct involving weapons. His probation was revoked and he was sentenced to one year in prison for violating probation and two and a half years for the misconduct charge.
Record checks also indicated Avila-Perez was previously deported from the United States after serving his prison sentence. Following initial processing, the Tucson Sector's Prosecution Unit submitted the case to the U.S. Attorney's Office for re-entry of a felon. After his incarceration in federal prison for 51 months, Avila-Perez will be formally removed from the country.
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 in quickly identifying 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 (CDS) as an integral component of its enforcement strategy. CDS centers on delivering a targeted consequence to illegal immigrants and simultaneously seeks to disrupt the smuggling cycle and reduce recidivism rates by ensuring consequences are upheld to the full extent of the law. Avila-Perez is now banned for life from all legalization processes without a waiver from the U.S. Attorney General.
CBP announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the U.S. Border Patrol, Air and Marine, and Field Operations under a unified command structure. The JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement, and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona.
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