Police: Previously deported illegal immigrant hit and killed little girl, 3, who was riding her tricycle

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HENDERSON COUNTY, NC – A 30-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico was arrested in late August after he allegedly fatally struck a 3-year-old girl with his vehicle while being drunk behind the wheel.

Authorities say that the young girl was riding on her tricycle when she was struck by the suspect.

According to reports, Henderson County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence off of Pleasant Court in Flat Rock on August 23rd at approximately 6:00 p.m. after reports of a 3-year-old girl, later identified as Andi Lynn Blair, being struck by a driver while she was riding her tricycle in a cul-de-sac.

Deputies were further informed that the suspected driver, later identified as 30-year-old Aaron Santiso, had apparently fled the scene after hitting the young girl. First responders were on the scene within five minutes, but unfortunately the young girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

The young victim was reportedly just days away from celebrating her fourth birthday when she was killed.

Both the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office started working to locate the suspect, who was reportedly later apprehended that same evening by Henderson County deputies working along the US-25 South just north of the South Carolina state line.

Santiso was booked into the Henderson County Jail under charges of felony hit and run with injury or death, felony death by vehicle, and driving while impaired. His bond has been set at $1 million.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that Santiso is an illegal immigrant, as he was deported back to Mexico on November 15th of 2019.

It’s unclear under what circumstances Santiso was deported – in that whether it was due to a previous criminal conviction or simply an unlawful status within the country. 

ICE has lodged a detainer with the sheriff’s office requesting that Santiso be transferred into their custody if he is ever released at any time.

Republican State Senator Chuck Edwards said that the killing of this young girl could have been prevented if immigration laws were being properly enforced: 

“I can only imagine the grief that they’re experiencing right now, particularly since it’s obvious that an accident like this could have been prevented had our immigration system been in place and done what it was supposed to do to protect our citizens.”

When asked if Senator Edwards had any idea as to how Santiso made it back into the country after being deported, he responded with the following: 

“I’m not sure how this criminal made it back, but I think it certainly highlights the importance that we need better border security.”

Senator Edwards hopes that this tragedy will help understand the importance of passing SB101, which would require the sheriff’s department to cooperate with ICE: 

“We have to insist that our law enforcement honor ICE detainers and it’s a shame, it’s just a travesty that it takes an incident like this to heighten our awareness.”

Sergio Fernandez, the executive director of El Centro in Henderson County, which is a nonprofit that is “dedicated to assist the Latino community needs in western North Carolina”, claims that Senator Edwards is trying to politicize the case. 

Fernandez further alleged that passing SB101 won’t “resolve these types of problems” regarding illegal immigrants killing citizens: 

“I would like to remind him that although the person allegedly who did this is from the Hispanic population, there are many, many cases where the same thing happens and they are from different backgrounds, different religions, different beliefs, different ethnicities.”

“Senate Bill 101 is not going to resolve these types of problems.”

Santiso’s next court appearance is scheduled for September 7th. 

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Report: Nearly 8,700 convicted criminal immigrants arrested along border over past 10 months

(Originally published August 26th, 2021)

U.S.-MEXICO BORDER – According to reports, Border Patrols agents working along the southern border over the past 10 months have arrested 8,691 criminal illegal immigrants that have been collectively responsible for 12,685 crimes.

The Epoch Times reported that numerous Border Patrol agents have revealed to the news outlet that “they’re apprehending between 10 percent and 20 percent of all illegal border crossers, although it’s impossible to estimate how many have avoided detection and capture.”

Yet, even with that concerning number of “got-aways”, it’s quite telling that agents have managed to arrest nearly 8,700 illegal immigrants that have previous criminal convictions.

An example of one of these arrests involves an instance from August 14th, where Border Patrol agents in south Texas apprehended two MS-13 gang members. One of the two bore a murder conviction from California in the late 1990s and was also imprisoned again in 2005 for reentry after deportation.

On August 17th, Border Patrol agents arrested Honduran national Arlin Reinaldo Ruiz-Cardona in Rio Grande City, Texas. Authorities say that Ruiz-Cardona, who was convicted of raping an 8-year-old girl multiple times in New York City, was found among a group of 46 people apprehended by agents.

Border Patrol agents working out of the Rio Grande Valley sector have already arrested over 140 illegal immigrants that are confirmed gang members tied to 10 different street gangs over the past 10 months as well.

Another example came on August 19th, where agents in Brownsville, Texas, apprehended Mexican national Marco Antonio Tellez – a man who was convicted in Kentucky of first-degree attempted sexual abuse of a child.

Records show that he was deported after serving a year in prison.

One of the most recent arrests occurred on August 22nd, when state troopers in Brooks County, Texas arrested two illegal immigrants roughly 70 miles north of the border at a rest stop.

One of the two arrested turned out to be an MS-13 member that had a 2009 conviction for sexual battery out of Georgia.

And these convictions only relate to crimes committed in the United States.

While Border Patrol agents are able to reference data captured in the National Crime Information Center database regarding stateside convictions, gathering details on an illegal immigrant’s criminal convictions from their country of origin can be a more timely and arduous process.

Acting Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz estimates that as many as 300,000 illegal immigrants have managed to slip by undetected along the southern border over the past 10 months.

While that is a substantial estimate, one must consider that since February of 2021, agents have apprehended over 1 million illegal immigrants.

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Previously deported illegal immigrant arrested for assaulting Florida trooper, leading police on a chase

(Originally published August 22nd, 2021)

ORANGE COUNTY, FL – An 18-year-old illegal immigrant was arrested in Florida earlier in August after allegedly crashing his vehicle and then getting into a physical altercation with a Florida Highway Patrol trooper. According to reports, the suspect was previously deported three years earlier.

On August 17th at approximately 5:45 a.m., a Florida Highway Patrol trooper had arrived at the scene of a single vehicle crash that transpired on the westbound lanes of SR 528 at around mile marker 25.

The vehicle, reportedly driven by 18-year-old Audain Perez-Vasquez, was located in the tree line and when the trooper approached the driver. Authorities say that when the trooper approached the driver, a physical altercation ensued which led to the suspect then fleeing into the woods after the alleged assault.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers then set up a perimeter and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office deployed their K9 units and a helicopter to assist in locating the suspect.

At approximately 12:00 p.m., the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that the suspect was apprehended off of SR 528, alleging that Perez-Vasquez attempted to steal a golf cart from a residence in the area while trying to flee.

Perez-Vasquez was located after a K9 found him hiding under some bushes and bit him. The suspect was subsequently treated at an area hospital for the sustained dog bite.

Officials say that the suspect has since been charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence. It was also noted that the suspect is an illegal immigrant who was deported from the country when he was 15-years-old.

The officer was reportedly treated for their injuries sustained during the altercation. Officials have not released the identity of the officer injured, but noted that the injuries were minor in nature. 


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