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Illegal Alien Previously Convicted of a Felony Sentenced for Unlawful Reentry By an Alien

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi

Gulfport, Miss. – Felipe De Jesus Dominguez-Jop, 34, an illegal alien from Mexico, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 14 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawful reentry by an alien deported after conviction of a felony, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, and William Joyce, Acting Field Office Director of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations in New Orleans. 

Dominguez-Jop pled guilty to the felony offense on June 26, 2019 before Judge Ozereden. After completion of his prison term, Dominguez-Jop will be transferred to the custody of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, where he will be subject to administrative detention and proceedings to remove him from the United States to his home nation of Mexico. 

On May 10, 2019, while conducting Criminal Alien Program duties at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center, an ICE agent encountered Felipe De Jesus Dominguez-Jop, who had been arrested by local law enforcement for possession of a controlled substance.   Agents determined that he was an illegal alien from Mexico with multiple prior immigration removals.  Dominguez-Jop was arrested and transported to the Gulfport ICE office for processing. 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security records confirmed Dominguez-Jop as a previously deported or removed alien.  Records revealed that he initially illegally entered the U.S. on November 21, 2008, near Laredo, Texas and was granted a voluntary return in lieu of formal removal.  However, he illegally reentered the U.S. and was apprehended on July 27, 2015, again in Texas. He was convicted of unlawful return by an illegal alien and removed from the United States after serving his sentence.  In 2018, he was arrested again in Texas and convicted of the misdemeanor offense of unlawful entry into the U.S.  After serving his sentence, he was removed from the United States, only to return again to be apprehended in South Mississippi in 2019. 

U.S. Attorney Hurst praised the cooperation exhibited by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Enforcement Removal Operations, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Stan Harris is the prosecutor for this case.

Updated October 7, 2019