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Guatemalan Citizen Sentenced for Illegal Re-entry

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Raquel De Jesus Mendez-Vasquez, age 28, and a citizen of Guatemala, was sentenced today to time served (57 days in jail), for illegal re-entry into the United States.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Thomas E. Feeley, Director of the Buffalo Field Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

As part of his guilty plea, Mendez-Vasquez admitted that he was removed from the United States to Guatemala on April 4, 2013.  On March 19, 2018, ICE Officers arrested Mendez-Vasquez in Hillsdale, Columbia County, New York.  Mendez-Vasquez was also removed to Guatemala on May 5, 2008.      

Following his sentencing, Mendez-Vasquez was remanded to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, for removal proceedings.     

This case was investigated by ICE-ERO and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.

Updated May 15, 2018