Government wants to deport Weslaco man for the 7th time
After he pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, the government wants to deport a Weslaco man for the seventh time.
Elias Perez-Perez, a Mexican citizen who lived in Weslaco, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated-second offense, a Class A misdemeanor, on Sept. 7.
County Court at Law Judge Federico "Fred" Garza Jr. sentenced him to 35 days in jail with credit for 11 days already served.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement picked up Perez at the jail on Sept. 19.
"Record checks revealed the defendant was formally removed from the United States to Mexico for the sixth (6th) time on January 23, 2015, via the Laredo, Texas, Port of Entry," according to the federal criminal complaint against him.
Perez had been previously deported on:
- June 2, 2008
- April 5, 2011
- April 22, 2013
- Oct. 4, 2013
- Nov. 10, 2014
- Jan. 23, 2015
He's now charged with illegal re-entry.
Court records don't list an attorney for Perez, 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, handled 403 new immigration offenses in August — more than any other federal judicial district nationwide, according to data published by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.
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 50 new immigration offenses in August, placing them among the top 10 nationwide.