A fifth Mexican immigrant arrested in Saratoga Springs in recent months was sentenced Friday for illegally re-entering the country and could be deported, federal prosecutors said.
Rufino Ramirez De Jesus, 31, of Mexico, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Albany to 46 days in jail, according to Acting United States Attorney Grant Jaquith and Thomas Brophy, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Buffalo field office.
In pleading guilty before being sentenced, Ramirez De Jesus admitted to being a citizen of Mexico who returned unlawfully to the United States after being deported on Feb. 22, 2014, prosecutors said. He had also been deported on Oct. 22, 2012.
Ramirez De Jesus was placed in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, which will start deportation proceedings.
Ramirez De Jesus was one of 16 immigrants arrested May 30 by ICE agents in Saratoga Springs; officers detained 15 Mexican immigrants and one Guatemalan.
On Tuesday, Arturo Garcia-Lopez, 45, and Leonel Martinez-Ramirez, 23, of Mexico, were given a similar sentence in the wake of those arrests.
The week before, on July 7, Juan Martinez-Garcia and Jorge Reyes-Merino, both 27 and from Mexico, also received time in jail and the possibility of deportation.
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