An illegal alien has been arrested for the rape of a 13-year-old girl on a Greyhound bus that traveled through Kansas in September.
According to records obtained by the Associated Press, Tomas Martinez-Maldonado has been deported 10 times and voluntarily removed from the U.S. another nine times since 2003.
Eight of his voluntary removals were before his first deportation in 2010, which was followed by another voluntary removal that same year.
Martinez-Maldonado was deported five more times between 2011 and 2013.
The AP goes on to state that court filings show Martinez-Maldonado obtained two misdemeanor convictions for entering without legal permission in cases prosecuted in 2013 and 2015 in U.S. District Court of Arizona. He was sentenced to serve 60 days and 165 days for the said cases.
In a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Republican senators, Jerry Moran, Pat Roberts and Charles Grassley, demanded that the agency produce immigration records for Martinez-Maldonado.
The U.S. lawmakers told Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, that it was “an extremely disturbing case” and wanted to know how the illegal alien was able to re-enter the country.
According to the AP, Moran told them in an emailed statement that the U.S. immigration system is “broken.”
“There must be serious legislative efforts to address U.S. immigration policy, and we must have the ability to identify, prosecute and deport illegal aliens who display violent tendencies before they have an opportunity to perpetrate these crimes in the United States,” he said.
David Trevino, an immigration attorney that is representing Martinez-Maldonado, said, “It’s not unusual to see immigrants with multiple entries without legal permission. Most of Martinez-Maldonado’s family lives in Mexico, but he also has family in the United States.”
Trevino went on to say that President-elect Donald Trump “can build a wall 100 feet high and 50 feet deep, but it is not going to keep family members separated. So if someone is deported and they have family members here … they will find a way back – whether it is through the air, under a wall, through the coast of the United States.”
While having placed a detainer on the suspect which requires law enforcement to turn the suspect over to ICE before he is released, ICE declined to discuss the case any further, but emailed a statement saying that when someone with a “significant criminal history and was removed, it routinely presents those cases to the U.S. attorney’s office for possible criminal charges.”
Spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Arizona, Cosme Lopez, declined comment on why her office dismissed felony reentry charges against the defendant between 2013 and 2015.
Martinez-Maldonado is being held on a $100,000 bond and has a status hearing in the rape case is scheduled for January 10.
H/T: The Associated Press via KATC.com
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