“Dangerous individuals continuously attempt to infiltrate the United States to engage in criminal activity,” said Del Rio, Texas, Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez, according to a press release from the U.S. Border Patrol. “The men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol are this country’s first line of defense against these threats.”

On November 26, agents arrested Oscar Armando Mercado-Roque, 34, of El Salvador. During processing, Border Patrol officers found out that he was convicted in June 2008 for involuntary vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in Prince William County, Virginia. In addition, Mercado-Roque had been deported from the United States in February 2015 after serving six years of a 10-year sentence. Mercado-Roque now faces a charge of 8 USC § 1326, which prohibits re-entry after deportation, and carries a maximum sentence of two-years in prison.

The second incident occurred on November 28, when agents arrested Jose Abilio Carballo-Parada, a 49-year-old from El Salvador. Officials records showed that Carballo-Parada is a confirmed member of the violent MS-13 narco-terrorist gang. With multiple deportations, his extensive criminal history included a drug trafficking conviction. Carballo-Parada was most recently deported in June of this year. He also faces a charge of illegal entry after deportation, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

In 2015, 32-year-old Kate Steinle was killed by Jose Zarate Garcia -- a Mexican national and felon who had been deported multiple times from the United States. He had been released from a San Francisco jail when local authorities did not cooperate with federal immigration authorities by detaining him. Garcia Zarate shot Steinle to death but was acquitted of murder charges by a San Francisco court on Thursday. The Trump administration is seeking cooperation from local and state authorities to arrest criminal illegal aliens.

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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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