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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Texas

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Salvadoran National Indicted for Illegally Reentering the United States

TYLER, Texas – A 33-year-old Salvadoran citizen has been indicted for immigration violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.

Jose Eduardo Melara-Carcamo was named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Apr. 17, 2019 charging him with illegal reentry of a deported alien.   

According to documents filed in court, on Mar. 20, 2019, Melara was arrested for public intoxication in Henderson County, Texas.  A deportation officer with the Mobile Criminal Alien Team (ICE/ERO/MCAT) interviewed Melara and determined that he was an alien from El Salvador and allegedly was unlawfully present in the United States. In 2018, the same deportation officer had processed Melara for removal.  A records check confirmed  that Melara had been previously removed to El Salvador in 2007, 2013, and 2018, and after each removal, reentered the United States without consent. 

If convicted, Melara faces up to 2 years in federal prison and deportation.

This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and the Athens Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.

It is important to note that an indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated April 17, 2019