TUCSON, Ariz. – Nogales Station Border Patrol agents apprehended a male Honduran national Wednesday morning after he re-entered the U.S. illegally west of Nogales.
After arresting 26-year-old Miguel Ayala-Escoto, agents transported him to the Nogales Station for processing, which included fingerprinting and a criminal records check. As a result, agents learned Ayala was convicted in 2017 for sexual battery in Robertson County, Tennessee, and removed from the country in early 2018.
Ayala now faces prosecution for immigration violations including re-entry as a felon.
All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.
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.