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Mexican National Sentenced for Illegally Re-Entering the United States

November 29, 2012

Jose Manuel Palominos-Moreno, a citizen and national of Mexico, who had been working illegally in Highland, Illinois, was sentenced today in United States District Court to 30 months in federal prison for illegal re-entry into the United States, a felony under federal law, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced.

In August, 2012, Palominos pled guilty to being an alien found voluntarily in the Southern District of Illinois without the permission of the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Attorney General of the United States after having been removed from the United States previously.

Palominos had previously been removed seven times from the United States. In addition to the prison sentence, Palominos will serve 3 years of supervised release. Palominos will again face removal proceedings following his prison sentence.

According to United States Attorney Wigginton, “A sentence such as the one given to Mr. Palominos shows how important it is to prosecute individuals who illegally return to the United States time and time again in reckless regard of the immigration statutes and the process for gaining entry to this country. This office remains committed to prosecuting criminals who repeatedly violate the criminal and immigration laws of the United States.”

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and the Highland Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Monica A. Stump.













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