Agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector encountered a group of migrants around 9:15 am. The migrants were walking in the brush hoping to not be seen by Border Patrol, according to a U.S. Doeane- en grensbeskerming persverklaring.
Agents took the migrants into custody and transported them to the Eagle Pass Processing Facility. Record checks showed that one of the people in the group – a 42-year-old Honduran national named Edis Noe Hernandez-Ruiz – was convicted of sexual battery in Georgia in 2008 and spent five years in prison. He was deported in 2017.
Less than an hour later, Eagle Pass South Station agents came across another group of migrants trying not to be seen after illegally entering the U.S. The agents took the group into custody and transported them to the Eagle Pass Processing Facility.
During processing, agents discovered that a member of the apprehended migrants – 55-year-old Jose Marlon de La O-Mejia, of El Salvador – was also a convicted sex offender. In 2001, De La O-Mejia was arrested in Alaska for sexually abusing a minor and sentenced to years in prison. He was ultimately deported in 2006.
Both subjects, along with the other migrants, were processed in accordance with U.S. Customs and Border Protection policies. CBP says Hernandez-Ruiz and De La O-Mejia, as convicted felons with prior removals, face up to 20 jare tronkstraf.
Their capture came a day after 53 migrants were found dead in a tractor-trailer that had been abandoned on a desolate road in San Antonio. Die vermeende bestuurder van die vragmotor, 45-jarige Homero Zamorano Jr., staan tereg op een aanklag van vreemdelingesmokkelary wat tot die dood gelei het en word lewenslange tronkstraf of die doodstraf in die gesig gestaar indien hy skuldig bevind word.
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