Jason Hopkins | Energy Investigator
A judge sentenced a previously deported MS-13 gang member from El Salvador to one year in prison for illegally re-entering the U.S.
U.S. District Judge Liam OGrady handed Fily Giovany Amaya-Martinez the sentence Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Amaya-Martinez, a 36-year-old known member of MS-13, was deported from the U.S. in 2003 after authorities convicted him of an aggravated felony near Washington, D.C. However, he returned to the U.S. in 2009 after being charged with several murders in his home country of El Salvador.
Amaya-Martinez was able to live illegally in the U.S., undetected, for nearly a decade until an anti-gang task force discovered him in 2018.
“Amaya-Martinez fled justice in his home country and defied the laws of this country when he illegally reentered,” said Lyle Boelens, the acting field office director for Immigration and Customs Enforcements enforcement and removal operations in Washington, D.C. “Todays sentencing answers his defiance. We stand with the U.S. Attorneys Office in resolute commitment to continue to ensure that our communities are safe from dangerous criminals.”
The chief federal law enforcement officer for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) hailed the case as an example for the need of strong immigration enforcement.
“After allegedly committing multiple murders in El Salvador, this violent MS-13 gang member fled El Salvador and illegally crossed our southern border to get back into the United States,” stated EDVA U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger. (RELATED: Illegals Caught Dragging Children Through Razor Wire As They Cross The Border)
“This case is a prime example of our need for strong borders and why this office continues to prioritize criminal immigration cases. My thanks to the dedicated anti-gang task force agents for their outstanding work on this important case, and for removing this dangerous felon from our community,” Terwilliger continued.
Military policemen escort a suspected MS-13 gang member detained during Operation Hunter, before taking him to police facilities for an investigation on a clandestine mass grave where the gang buried their victims, according to local media, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera
Amaya-Martinezs sentencing comes as the Trump administration continues to clash with congressional Democrats over immigration and border enforcement.
The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, a five-member board that controls the House of Representatives general counsel, voted 3-2 Read More – Source