U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two previously deported sex offenders as they attempted to make their way into California over the weekend. The arrests happened in separate incidentsnear the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry, Breitbart News reports.
El Centro Station Border Patrol agents on Friday encountered a man they believed had just illegally crossed the border from Mexicali, Mexico, into the U.S. The agents apprehended the man approximately 3 miles west of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry according to information obtained from El Centro Sector Border Patrol officials.
The agents transported the migrant to the El Centro Station for processing and conducted a biometric records check that identified the man as 52-year-old Ricardo Saucedo-Hernandez, a Mexican national.
A criminal records check revealed that a court in Perris, California, convicted the man in April 2003 for “Annoying or Molesting a Child Under 18,” officials stated. The court sentenced the Mexican man to 120 days in jail and a fine. An immigration judge previously ordered Saucedo removed from the U.S. on September 11, 2017.
Saucedo is being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.
The second incident occurred Sunday, at approximately 12 a.m., when agents assigned to the Calexico Station encountered another man suspected of illegally entering the United States approximately 16 miles east of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry. Agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for immigration and criminal history screening, officials reported.
Agents conducted records checks, which revealed that the man identified as Armando Valenzuela-Salazar, a 37-year-old Mexican national, was convicted on February 3, 2011, for “Sexual Battery” out of Greenville, North Carolina. Valenzuela served 60 days confinement for his conviction, officials stated.
An immigration judge had previously removed Valenzuela in March of 2011.
Valenzuela is also being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution for immigration violations.
In fiscal year 2020 (October through January), El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested and removed 23 migrants either convicted or wanted on sexual offense charges after they entered the United States illegally. The agents stopped these sexual predators from making their way back into the U.S. interior.