By: Savannah Smith | 10-01-2017 | News
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Agents Arrest a Mexican Convicted for Child Rape Trying to Illegally Enter the U.S.

A Mexican national tried to illegally enter the U.S. on Wednesday morning. Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended him, though, and discovered in the process that he was previously convicted of multiple aggravated felonies in the state of Washington, including for the rape of a child.

The illegal alien trying to enter the country was identified as Fernando Lopez-Delacruz, 42. While processing his case, Nogales Station agents conducted a due diligence records check and found out that he was previously convicted in Adams County of first-degree rape, attempted second-degree rape of a child. He was sentenced 71months prison term.

Lopez-Delacruz is currently being held in federal custody while waiting for prosecution for criminal immigration violations.

Federal authorities ensure all individuals apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics so that illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.

In June, Border Patrol announced that they apprehended fewer illegal immigrants compared to last year, with the numbers breaking a historical trend. The chief of the Norder Patrol’s El Paso sector, Jeffrey Self gave President Trump the credit for such a development.

Self said the Trump administration has communicated clearly its support for Border Patrol agents and staff in the field to fully enforce immigration laws, and establish that there will be consequences to those who violate the laws of the U.S.

Proper credit was also given to ending the “catch and release” program as well as having new infrastructure as contributing to the downward trend in border arrests.

Self also said then that the Trump administration has created a mindset of deterrence. The Border Patrol conducts post-arrest interviews with illegal immigrants. There is a growing belief among those arrested that the “dangerous journey” to the U.S. may not be worth the risk because the chances of being sent back are much higher this time.


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