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Government wants to deport Guatemalan man for the fifth time

A Border Patrol agent in Hidalgo, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

After his latest arrest, the government wants to deport a Guatemalan man for the fifth time.

Border Patrol agents arrested Nicolas Mejia-Garcia near Hidalgo on Thursday.

"Record checks revealed the Defendant was formally Deported/Excluded from the United States, for the fourth (4th) time, on March 23, 2012, through San Antonio, Texas," according to the federal criminal complaint against him.

Mejia is charged with illegal re-entry.

Court records don't list an attorney for Mejia, 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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