Tucson, Ariz. - On Nov. 2, a 45-year-old man from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, who was apprehended by Tucson Station Border Patrol agents in May, was sentenced to 70 months in prison.
The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted Refugio Alvarez-Olivan for attempting to re-enter the United States illegally after his apprehension on May 18. During processing at the Tucson Station, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System revealed that Alvarez-Olivan was previously convicted in 1996 in Sheboygan, Wis., for battery to a child and three counts of second-degree sexual assault.
Records also indicated Alvarez-Olivan was previously deported from the United States through Brownsville, Texas, after serving a nine-month sentence. Following initial processing, the Border Patrol submitted the case to the U.S. Attorney's Office for re-entry of a felon. Alvarez-Olivan will be formally removed from the country following his 70-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 in quickly identifying violent criminals and wanted people.
In January 2011, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol, a component of the Joint Field Command-Arizona, enhanced 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. Alvarez-Olivan is now banned for life from all legalization processes without a waiver from the United States Attorney General.
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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.