Some people never learn their lesson.
Mexican national Ricardo Ramirez-Angel, 60, was arrested by Border Patrol agents on Friday — just two days after he had been deported by the federal government.
“Record checks revealed the defendant was formally Deported/Excluded from the United States on October 11, 2017, through Laredo, Texas,” according to the criminal complaint.
Ramirez was illegally living in Peñitas, Texas, and had at least eight misdemeanor convictions and a felony conviction in Hidalgo County:
- On March 21, 2001, Ramirez was convicted of escape from custody, a Class A misdemeanor; evading arrest or detention, a Class B misdemeanor; and driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor, according to Hidalgo County court records.
- On May 28, 2003, Ramirez was convicted of assault causing bodily injury to a family member, a Class A misdemeanor, according to Hidalgo County court records.
- On March 29, 2004, Ramirez was convicted on two counts of assault causing bodily injury to a family member, a Class A misdemeanor, according to Hidalgo County court records.
- On Oct. 21, 2015, Ramirez pleaded guilty to escape from custody, a Class A misdemeanor, and driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor, according to Hidalgo County court records.
- On June 14, 2017, Ramirez pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated-third offense or more, a third-degree felony, according to Hidalgo County court records. He was sentenced to five years in prison, but the judge suspended the sentence and instead placed him on probation for five years.
On Friday, Ramirez was charged with illegal re-entry. He is currently in federal custody.
Data published by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University shows that prosecutors in the Southern District of Texas, which includes the Rio Grande Valley, handled 403 new immigration offenses in August. This is more than any other federal judicial district in the country.
The McAllen Division, which covers Hidalgo County and Starr County, handles a significant portion of the workload, according to a report from Valley Central.
All three district judges at the federal courthouse in McAllen handled more than 50 new immigration offenses in August, placing them among the top 10 nationwide.
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