U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents that form the Mobile Enforcement Team, while interviewing people at a warehouse in Miami Tuesday, discovered a convicted pedophile among those being questioned. Even worse, the pedophile was in the country illegally. He had been deported once before.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Eddy Mauricio Marin, 28, a Nicaraguan national, was caught after a fingerprint match told federal agents that he was not from Puerto Rico as his driver’s license indicated. Agents were further tipped off by Marin’s inability to answer questions about the island of Puerto Rico.
Marin was convicted in 1999 and served two years in prison lewd and lascivious assault on a child and kidnapping. He was subsequently deported.
Marin faces of charges of re-entering the country after being deported as a criminal alien.
Statistics from the Department of Homeland Security show that in 2006, over 272,000 aliens were deported. Of that number, nearly 96,000 were considered criminal aliens. Since 1998, there have been almost 711,000 criminal alien deportations conducted by the U.S. government.
The case of Eddy Mauricio Marin not only brings to light the inadequacy of American border defenses but also the very real threat of dangerous criminals, even terrorists, crossing into the United States. That Marin, who is a convicted felon — a once deported convicted felon — had been back in the United States for an unknown period of time before his capture is a glaring example of how porous the nation’s borders actually are. And it leads to another serious consideration: Has he committed another criminal act, besides the obvious acts of re-entering the country illegally and obtaining and possessing illegal counterfeit documents, while he has been in the U.S.? Marin is a convicted pedophile. Has he attacked another child?
Marin’s story is not isolated.
Israel Robles-Gaytan, a man who had been deported from the U.S. 14 times previously, was picked up during a routine traffic stop in Eagle County, Colorado. Robles-Gaytan was driving a vehicle carrying 13 other illegal aliens, who were destined for different parts of the United States.
ABC’s 7 News in Denver reported last year that Robles-Gaytan was arrested and charged with human smuggling, criminal impersonation and second-degree forgery, and operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Authorities say that each time Robles-Gaytan has been arrested, he has used a different name.
Given the current inability to properly police the borders, ports, and shorelines of the United States, cases like those of Marin’s and Robles-Gaytan’s will continue to occur, perhaps involving those same individuals, where the criminal illegal aliens are caught, detained, incarcerated, and then deported, only to be found some time later back within the borders of the United States, often doing something illicit. And Marin could very well repeat his earlier crimes or worse, here and in Nicaragua. Robles-Gaytan, who is a human trafficker, just might be the coyote that brings Marin back across the border, not to mention other unknown criminal elements. But in the case of those like Marin, who is a convicted pedophile, the crime is not simply a crime against the state or a mere breaking of international boundary laws, there is also the potential for harming children.
That is a border he should not be allowed to cross again. Ever.
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