On Tuesday evening, Border patrol agents observed a man illegally entering the United States around 12 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry in Southern California. The man was apprehended and taken to the El Centro station for processing. Once there, the man was identified as Salvador Mercado-Mendez, a 38-year-old Mexican national who has previously been deported.
Mercado-Mendez was sentenced to 10 years in prison after using a "firearm in a street gang act" in Santa Ana, California, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Mercado has been ordered to leave the United States on multiple occasions, most recently in July 2018.