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Mexican Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Previously Deported from the United States Twice in One Week

A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to more than three months in federal prison.

Diego Perez-Vasquez, age 26, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and living in Iowa received the prison term after an October 10, 2019, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Perez-Vasquez admitted he had previously been deported from the United States on March 12, 2015, and March 18, 2015, and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Perez-Vasquez was found by immigration agents in August 2019 after two aliens under ICE supervision entered a car containing Perez-Vasquez in a parking lot near the Cedar Rapids ICE office.  Perez-Vasquez was arrested after he presented the ICE agents with a fraudulent California driver’s license as a form of identification.

Perez-Vasquez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Perez-Vasquez was sentenced to 97 days’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Perez-Vasquez is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be turned over to immigration officials.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and investigated by Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-92. 

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Updated December 3, 2019