Mexican alien sentenced for assaulting agent during arrest in Texas

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The U.S Department of Justice has announced that an undocumented Mexican national has been ordered to federal prison for assaulting and injuring the Border Patrol (BP) agent who arrested him. According toActing U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Roman Sanchez-Rivera, 27, pleaded guilty Feb. 17, 2017.

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On Monday, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo imposed sentenced Sanchez-Rivera to 51 months in federal prison. Not a U.S. Citizen, he is expected to face deportation proceedings following the prison term. He was also ordered to pay $21,610.14 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Labor.

“On the morning of Dec. 1, 2016, BP agents encountered Sanchez-Rivera and other undocumented aliens in the brush near Encinal,” Martinez said. “The aliens ran from the agents but were soon apprehended. During the arrest, Sanchez-Rivera punched one of the agents in the face causing injuries. He also forced an intense physical struggle which resulted in serious injuries to one of the agent’s knees which required surgery.”

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Sanchez-Rivera has been in custody since his arrest where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.  Border Patrol and the FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jose Homero Ramirez prosecuted this case.

Since 2006, the U.S. Border Patrol has reported 3,951,788 illegal alien apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border, including 1,160,545 apprehensions in the Texas sectors. Mexican cartels are becoming increasingly confrontational in encounters with law enforcement officers. Since 2009, there have been 94 incidents in which shots were fired at 124 law enforcement officers in Texas.

“One of the fundamental rights of every American is to live in a safe community,” the White House states on their official website. “A Trump Administration will empower our law enforcement officers to do their jobs and keep our streets free of crime and violence. The Trump Administration will be a law and order administration. President Trump will honor our men and women in uniform and will support their mission of protecting the public. The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump Administration will end it.”

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) status indicators, over 225,000 criminal aliens have been booked into local Texas jails between June 1, 2011 and June 30, 2017. During their criminal careers, these criminal aliens were charged with more than 600,000 criminal offenses.

Those arrests include 1,227 homicide charges; 71,374 assault charges; 17,291 burglary charges; 71,790 drug charges; 729 kidnapping charges; 41,814 theft charges; 46,526 obstructing police charges; 3,962 robbery charges; 6,450 sexual assault charges; and 9,016 weapons charges. Of the total criminal aliens arrested in that timeframe, over 150,000 or 66% were identified by DHS status as being in the US illegally at the time of their last arrest. This only includes Texas as those arrested in these figures may have offenses in other states.

“The Trump Administration is committed to reducing violent crime,” according to the White House. “In 2015, homicides increased by 17% in America’s fifty largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years. In our nation’s capital, killings rose by 50 percent over the past four years. There were thousands of shootings in Chicago last year alone.”

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