A twice-deported Mexican national is facing a federal immigration charge, after his arrest earlier this month in Wayne County.
Federal prosecutors say Renato Jardines-Santiago was originally charged with assault and DWI on June 2nd, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials discovered he had been originally deported in July 2009, then again in October of 2012.
Jardines-Santiago is now charged with re-entry after deportation after having been convicted of a felony, and faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
MEXICAN NATIONAL CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL RE-ENTRY
BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Renato Jardines-Santiago, of Mexico, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with re-entry after deportation after having been convicted of a felony crime. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on June 4, 2018, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) learned that the defendant, a citizen and national of Mexico and a prior deported alien had illegally returned to the United States. Jardines-Santiago was arrested on June 2, 2018, by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and charged with Assault 3rd and Driving While Intoxicated.
At the time of his arrest, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department captured a complete set of fingerprints from the defendant. Subsequent investigation determined that in May 2009, the defendant was arrested for Simple Assault and Harassment in Allentown, Pennsylvania. On July 31, 2009, Jardines-Santiago was removed from the United States to Mexico and advised that he could not re-enter the United States without the permission of the United States Attorney General.
On October 14, 2012, the defendant was arrested by the United States Border Patrol near Victory, NY and once again removed from the United States to Mexico.
The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson and is being detained.
The complaint is the culmination of an investigation led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations, under the direction Thomas E. Feeley, Buffalo Field Office Director.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.