St. Charles,MO – This is disturbing. On so many level. On every level.
And yet here we are once again, learning about an illegal immigrant, previously deported but back in the country, and arrested for his role in the alleged rape of a family member.
The 17-year-old was charged with multiple crimes after police said his 11-year-old cousin gave birth to his child in a bathtub last Tuesday.
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— KSDK News (@ksdknews) February 14, 2020
Norvin Leonidas Lopez-Cante is now charged with statutory rape, statutory sodomy and incest after police said he admitted to having sex with the child approximately 100 times.
According to KSDK, authorities began investigating after Lopez-Cante’s father, Francisco Javier Gonzalez-Lopez, brought an infant to St. Joseph Hospital on Tuesday. Gonzalez-Lopez originally informed police that someone had dropped the newborn off on his front porch.
The charging documents indicated that the baby still had the umbilical cord and placenta attached and had a body temperature of just 90 degrees.
On Thursday, police interviewed Gonzalez-Lopez at his home. At that time, he told police the father of the child was his son, Lopez-Cante, and the mother was Lopez-Cante’s 11-year-old cousin.
Gonzalez-Lopez said he did not know the girl was pregnant. He also claimed that he was unaware that his son was raping her until she gave birth to the child in their bathtub.
Once read his Miranda rights, Lopez-Cante told police he had sex with the girl about 100 times but did not know she was pregnant. He said he did not know when he first had sex with her but said it happened about twice a week.
His bond was set at $25,000, cash-only.
The elder Lopez was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child for his role in the incident. His bond was set at $10,000, cash only. Charging documents said he entered the country illegally and was previously deported.
If only it were an anomaly to have an immigrant deported, just to come back into the country and commit more crimes.
Sadly, it is not.
PERRIS, CA- Convicted. Deported. Back again.
According to a CPB press release, Border Patrol agents landed two more monumental arrests recently that resulted in two illegal alien sex offenders getting apprehended.
In Calexico, California, U.S. Border Patrol agents that were stationed at the El Centro Sector arrested two previously deported sex offenders over the weekend.
The first arrest took place on Friday, February 8th at roughly 12:44 p.m., according to the release. Agents that were working at the El Centro Station encountered a male subject whom they believed to have illegally entered the United States.
The illegal entry was suspected to have taken place approximately 13 miles west of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry. When agents arrested the suspect and brought him to the El Centro Station for processing, they made quite the discovery when performing a records check on him.
While reviewing information on the subject, agents were able to identify the suspect as Ricardo Saucedo-Hernandez, a 52-year-old Mexican national.
The records check revealed that Saucedo-Hernandez was convicted on April 16th, 2003, for “Annoying or Molesting Child Under 18” out of Perris, California. That previous conviction landed Saucedo-Hernandez in jail for 120 days back in 2003. Records further detailed that he’d also been previously ordered to be removed back on September 11th, 2017.
— CBP (@CBP) February 10, 2020
The department’s press release stated that Saucedo-Hernandez is being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.
The second arrest took place the two days later at approximately 12:00 a.m. on February 10th. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station apprehended a man suspected of illegally entering the United States around 16 miles east of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry.
Much like the previous subject arrested on Friday, the suspect was transported to the El Centro Station for a records check on their immigration status and previous criminal history.
Agents were able to identify the suspect as 37-year-old Mexican national Armando Valenzuela-Salazar
. Not only was Valenzuela-Salazar previously deported from the country, but he was also convicted for “Sexual Battery” out of Greenville, North Carolina back on February 3rd, 2011. Valenzuela-Salazar was sentenced to serve 60 days in jail for the conviction, but was then ordered removed by an immigration judge on March 14th, 2011.
The suspect is also in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.
According to the CBP, agents working at the El Centro Sector have already arrested and removed 23 individuals in fiscal year 2020 who were either already convicted or wanted for sexual offense charges.
When the agents working at the El Centro Sector aren’t arresting and removing sex offenders from the country, they’re also doing a great job removing dangerous drugs from the street.
On Sunday, February 10th, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested two U.S. citizens suspected of smuggling liquidized methamphetamine.
A blue Chevrolet Silverado hosting a 25-year-old male driver and an 18-year-old male passenger approached the checkpoint at approximately 2:55 p.m. that day. One of the K-9s present had alerted on the vehicle, and the car was moved over to the secondary inspection area.
El Centro Sector #BorderPatrol agents arrested 2 men suspected of smuggling narcotics. A #K9 detection team alerted to the vehicle & discovered liquid #meth in the fuel tank. Checkpoints are crucial to keeping these highly dangerous drugs off the streets. https://t.co/QhALMRTUkE pic.twitter.com/3nXGOJqcup
— USBP Chief Patrol Agent, El Centro Sector (@USBPChiefELC) February 10, 2020
While performing the secondary inspection, agents had found methamphetamine in liquid form mixed in with the fuel of the vehicle after field testing the substance. Both the suspects, drugs, and their vehicle were handed over to the Drug Enforcement Administration thereafter.
Chief Patrol Agent of the El Centro Sector, Gloria I. Chavez, stated the following about the recent discovery and arrest:
“This seizure highlights the importance of our checkpoints. It also speaks to the outstanding work that Border Patrol agents do on a daily basis to keep our country safe and protect communities.”
As of this time, the total weight and street-value of the seized drugs isn’t known. Based upon the manner in which it was discovered, further lab testing is required before the aforementioned can be fully determined.
And, let’s not forget:
Arizona – The Tucson Sector for the United States Border Patrol doesn’t just have a problem with people illegally entering the country without inspection at the southern border, they have a major problem with illegals sneaking into the country who already have a criminal history here in the United States.
In the past month, a convicted sex offender as well as an individual convicted of manslaughter were both apprehended trying to illegally sneak over the border by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents.
Agents stationed at the Tucson Sector recently encountered and apprehended an illegal alien that they have already deported several times.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, on January 2, 55-year-old Santiago Villarreal-Valderrama was arrested after he illegally crossed the border from Mexico. Villarreal-Valderrama was then transported to the station where agents conducted a background investigation on the man.
A review of court records showed that Villarreal-Valderrama had a felony conviction in Maricopa County, Arizona for manslaughter, where he was sentenced to five years in prison back in 1985.
Information from the background check also detailed several deportations since his release from prison. With the manslaughter conviction and multiple reentries considered, Villarreal-Valderrama is now facing federal felony charges for illegally re-entering the country after removal as a violent felon.
Anytime that someone is apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol, agents utilize biometric background checks to review possible criminal histories and previous deportations. Tucson Sector officials provided a written statement showing the impact of these background checks used:
“The U.S. Border Patrol is often the first line of defense against previously deported criminals attempting to reenter the United States. In Fiscal Year 2019, Tucson Sector agents arrested 195 illegal aliens with significant criminal histories.”
This wasn’t the only notable apprehension of an illegal alien with a criminal history recently within the sector either. Just last month, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents managed to apprehend a convicted sex offender who had crossed over illegally.
According to officials, agents who were assigned to the State Route 83 immigration checkpoint near Sonoita, Arizona arrested a Mexican national they determined to be unlawfully present within the United States.
When agents conducted the background check on the apprehended man, they were able to identify him as 38-year-old Gustavo Gonzalez-Rodriguez. Court records that cropped up during the background check showcased a disturbing past that included a sex offense involving a minor.
Gonzalez-Rodriguez carried a conviction in California in 2001 for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, which, according to California Penal Code Section 288(a), is synonymous with child molestation.
That wasn’t the only criminal act from Gonzalez-Rodriguez’s past either, as there was also a 2016 conviction in a South Carolina court for assault and battery.
At that time, he was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for the assault and battery charge, but sometime after his sentencing he was simply deported back to Mexico. With Gonzalez-Rodriguez and Villarreal-Valderrama criminal convictions and illegal reentries, these two could be facing a total of 20 years in a federal prison.
While many critics of the United States immigration policies being enforced claim that we’re deporting honest people who want to come here and work toward a better life, they’re completely pretending these types of criminal aliens aren’t making their way through the southern border.
In Texas alone between June 1, 2011 and December 31, 2019, approximately 211,000 illegal aliens were arrested for crimes within the state not even related to illegal entry. These arrests included charges like:
606 homicide charges
37,128 assault charges
6,309 burglary charges
41,605 drug charges
495 kidnapping charges
17,475 theft charges
26,354 obstructing police charges
1,826 robbery charges
3,974 sexual assault charges
5,253 sexual offense charges
3,371 weapon charges
Indeed, they must be seeking a better life – a better life of crime, that is.