Our Borders are So Secure that a Mexican Murderer Took Up the Drug Trade in the U.S.

Our borders are so porous, that a Mexican murderer escaped prosecution and escaped over the border to deal drugs in the U.S.  Plus, he had been deported on a previous occasion as well.  By me reckoning, this violent criminal had been on the loose in America for almost two years.

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SAN DIEGO – A Mexican national, who fled to the United States to avoid prosecution for a murder three years ago in his native country, was turned over to Mexican authorities Monday following his recent capture in the Los Angeles area by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Mateo Perez Hernandez, 28, was remanded to the custody of representatives from the Mexican Attorney General’s Office by officers from ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) at the San Ysidro border crossing Monday afternoon under tight security.

Perez is the subject of an arrest warrant issued by authorities in Mexico’s Baja peninsula charging him with the bludgeoning death of a Mexicali, Mexico, man in September 2010. Mexican authorities allege Perez struck the victim, Eduardo Fuentes, with a baseball bat after Fuentes and the suspect’s brother became embroiled in a heated argument in the street outside a party.

On Aug. 8, ERO San Diego received information from the FBI advising that Perez was wanted in Mexico for homicide. After conducting exhaustive background checks, ERO officers determined Perez was likely residing in La Habra. Working in conjunction with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, a law enforcement lookout was relayed to the La Habra Police Department.

On Aug. 25, La Habra police officers encountered Perez and detained him on a drug charge. The La Habra Police Department alerted ERO’s San Diego’s Fugitive Operations Team who took Perez into custody.

Department of Homeland Security databases show Perez had been previously deported from the United States in February 2010. ERO reinstated Perez’s prior removal order, paving the way for his repatriation to Mexico Monday.

“Violent criminals who seek to escape responsibility for their actions by fleeing to the U.S. will find no sanctuary in our communities,” said Gregory J. Archambeault, field office director for ERO San Diego. “As this case makes clear, ICE works closely with its international partners through its HSI Office of International Affairs to promote public safety and hold criminals accountable – no matter where they commit their crimes.”

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