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Mexican Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States Within One Year Of Being Deported

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

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

Alvaro Ortiz-Camarillo, age 23, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in Postville, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 6, 2020, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Ortiz-Camarillo admitted he had previously been deported from the United States and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Ortiz-Camarillo was deported on January 14, 2019, following a conviction in the Southern District of Texas for illegal entry, a misdemeanor.  Ortiz-Camarillo most recently came to the attention of immigration agents on December 28, 2019, following his arrest in Allamakee County, Iowa, for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.  This case was dismissed after his federal indictment.

Ortiz-Camarillo was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Ortiz-Camarillo was sentenced to 104 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.

Ortiz-Camarillo 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 20-CR-1001.

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Updated April 22, 2020