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Guatemalan Woman Sentenced for Illegal Re-entry into United States

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Erla Maribel Ambrocio Ixlaj, age 30, and a citizen of Guatemala, was sentenced today to time served (114 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).

Ambrocio Ixlaj has been previously removed from the United States to Guatemala three times, the most recent removal taking place on August 5, 2014.  On August 19, 2018, she was encountered and arrested by an ICE Officer in Walton, Delaware County, New York. A fingerprint check of Ambrocio Ixlaj resulted in the discovery of the prior removals.  Ambrocio Ixlaj admitted that she returned to the United States without permission following the August 5, 2014 removal.    Ambrocio Ixlaj has never had lawful authority to enter or reside in the United States. 

Following her sentencing, Ambrocio Ixlaj 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 December 12, 2018