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Illegal Alien Sentenced for Unlawful Reentry By an Alien After Removal

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

Gulfport, Miss. – Miguel Angel Garcia-Escobar, 26, an illegal alien from Mexico, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to “time served” (132 days) and one year of supervised release for unlawful reentry by an alien after removal, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Scott Sutterfield, Acting Field Office Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations in New Orleans. 

Garcia-Escobar will also be administratively detained for Department of Homeland Security removal proceedings.  If he were to unlawfully return to the United States after removal, he would be subject to up to ten years in prison and other consecutive penalties if he returned during the one year period of supervised release. Garcia Escobar pled guilty and was convicted of the felony offense by Judge Ozerden on April 25, 2019.    

On January 11, 2019, Garcia-Escobar was arrested by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and was taken to the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility.  Harrison County officials notified the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement & Removal Operations (ERO).  An ERO Deportation Officer interviewed Garcia-Escobar and filed a federal detainer due to the defendant being an illegal alien in the United States.  Records revealed that Garcia-Escobar was a 26-year old citizen of Mexico, who had been removed from the United States on May 18, 2018, and had unlawfully returned to the United States after official removal.

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

Updated July 25, 2019