Last Wednesday Border Patrol agents apprehended yet another previously deported convicted criminal. The Mexican man named Heliodoro Regino-Garcia had been deported in 2012 and 2016 according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release.
"Records checks revealed Regino-Garcia was convicted of molestation of a minor and sexual battery in 2015 by Fulton County, Georgia," CBP reported. "Regino-Garcia is the second sex offender arrested by Tucson Sector Border Patrol in the past 10 days with a conviction in Georgia. He will face federal prosecution for immigration violations."
The man was captured along with other people in an automobile driven by an American citizen:
"Agents discovered five illegal aliens in a Toyota Yaris with a United States citizen driver. The driver was arrested on human smuggling charges," according to CBP. "The illegal aliens, including Regino-Garcia, face federal prosecution for immigration violations. The vehicle was seized."
Border Patrol agents in @CBPArizona Tucson Sector arrested an illegal alien with a child sex offense conviction out of Georgia. We need strong border security to prevent criminals like this from evading detection.— USBPChief (@USBPChief) September 6, 2019
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The issue of previously deported convicted criminals attempting to reenter the country highlights the critical importance of controlling who enters the country. Last month Border Patrol agents arrested a seven-time deportee who had been convicted of child abuse and a two-time deportee who had been convicted of child rape.