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Mexican National Gets 2 Years For Returning To The U.S. After Being Deported

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         U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 47-year-old Mexican national was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for re-entering the United States after previously being deported, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Carlos Salvador Fernandez to 25 months in prison and three years of supervised release for illegal entry, said U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe.

On June 10, 2015, Fernandez pleaded guilty to reentry after deportation.

Court records show that on April 20, 2015, Fernandez presented himself for inspection at the Cyril E. King International Airport on St. Thomas prior to boarding a flight to Washington, D.C.

When questioned, Fernandez claimed to be a United States permanent resident. Fernandez was referred for secondary inspection at which time he admitted that he was previously deported from the United States in February 2006.
The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security did not give permission for him to re-enter the United States, Sharpe said.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nelson Jones.

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U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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