Man Picked Up by Immigration 14 Times

Daralyn Schoenewald, Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News, June 5, 2009

The resident of San Luis Potosi, Mexico has been picked up by U.S. Immigration and Department of Homeland Security thirteen times.

A Sunday stop by Senort Border Patrol Agent John Kinney III brought that total to 14, a number one official said isn’t unusual at all.

“I’ve had guys in the 10s and teens, some as many as 20 times,” said assistant federal public defender David Sloan, who has been assigned to defend de Dios-Garcia. “It depends on the individual’s circumstance. I don’t know that the number matters as much as the circumstances do.”

De Dios-Garcia, whose age has not been made public, has been granted voluntary departure from the U.S. on nine occasions, been deported to Mexico four previous times and has been prosecuted for illegal entry for times, court records show.

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It was at least the second time de Dios Garcia, who is also known as Manuel Penas-Varsenos, was apprehended in Callahan County. he was stopped by Department of Public Safety troopers in Clyde in May 2007 and ran from the officers. {snip}

Sloan, who has not yet met with de Dios-Garcia, said he cannot comment specifically on his client’s case but said many people he defends in immigration cases “keep trying again and again” to enter the country because they face “pretty stark choices.”

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