United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a Honduran national pleaded guilty this week to re-entering the country after four prior deportations and other criminal offenses, such as being a felony conviction in California for beating his wife.
According to an ICE press release, Jose Edgardo Diaz-Ramos, 36, was "convicted of a violent felony in California of willful infliction of corporal injury on a spouse." Prior to this, Diaz-Ramos had been removed from the country three times. After spending six years in jail in 2014, Diaz-Ramos was deported to his home country for a fourth time.
It is unclear when he re-entered the country, Diaz-Ramos was apprehended earlier this year. On May 9th, Diaz-Ramos "pleaded guilty to illegal reentry of a removed alien after commission of a felony, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when sentenced on July 26."
Lyle A. Boelens, Acting Field Office Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Washington, D.C, told me that,"ERO prioritizes the prosecution and removal of criminal aliens committing egregious and violent felonies that victimize our communities."
“Virginia residents can be assured that ERO officers will continue to pursue violent criminal aliens for prosecution and removal, particularly those who demonstrate a constant disregard for our laws," Boelens added.
It is unclear how long Diaz-Ramos will go to jail for, as noted in the press release, "actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors."