TUCSON, ARIZ.—A 37-year-old man from Guatemala City, Guatemala, apprehended by Nogales Station Border Patrol agents in April 2011, was sentenced Jan. 23 to 37 months of confinement.
The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted Elias Natanael Santos-Milian following his April apprehension for attempting to illegally re-enter the United States. During processing at the Nogales Station, agents used the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System to learn that Santos-Milian was convicted in 2010 in Los Angeles for sexual battery. He was sentenced to one year in jail.
Following the Border Patrol's initial processing, the case was submitted to the U.S. Attorney's Office for re-entry of a felon. Santos-Milian will be formally removed from the U.S. following his 37-month incarceration and is now banned for life from all legalization processes.
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 enabling agents to quickly identify violent criminals and wanted persons.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity and remain anonymous by calling the Border Patrol at (877) 872-7435 toll free.
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.