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After arrest by Border Patrol, government wants to deport Mexican man for the 9th time

Angel Salas-Hernandez, 29, a self-employed landscaper who lived in Donna, is charged with illegal re-entry. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

The government wants to deport a Mexican man for the ninth time after Border Patrol agents arrested him near Progreso last week.

Agents arrested Angel Salas-Hernandez, 29, a self-employed landscaper, near Progreso on Wednesday after he illegally crossed the border, according to the federal criminal complaint against him and Hidalgo County court records.

"On February 9, 2017, the defendant was convicted of 8 USC 1325 Illegal Entry for the eighth time and sentenced to one hundred and fifty (150) days confinement," according to the criminal complaint.

Salas is now charged with illegal re-entry.

Court records don't list an attorney for Salas, who remains in federal custody and couldn't be reached for comment.

Prosecutors in the Southern District of Texas, which includes the Rio Grande Valley, filed 338 new immigration cases in October, according to the latest data published by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Only the Western District of Texas had more new immigration cases.

The McAllen Division, which covers Hidalgo County and Starr County, handles a significant portion of the workload.

All three district judges at the federal courthouse in McAllen handled more than 40 new immigration offenses in October, placing them among the top 10 nationwide.

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