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Mexican immigrant jailed in Texas for repeated deportation violations

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The "career criminal" was sentenced in federal court to 11 years in prison
  • He had been deported three previous times
  • The 35-year-old man had 13 previous convictions, ICE said
  • He had eight aliases at his house, authorities said

(CNN) -- A Mexican immigrant who had been deported three times has been sentenced in Texas to 11 years in prison, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said.

Manuel Borja-Vega, 35, was sentenced Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to 132 months in prison for illegally re-entering the United States after being deported, ICE said in a release.

Federal and local authorities found eight aliases he allegedly used in a search of his home.

"This case involves a career criminal alien who was previously able to avoid apprehension under assumed names," said Kenneth Landgrebe, ICE's field office director in Houston.

Borja-Vega was arrested Aug. 19, 2009, for driving while intoxicated with a child passenger, ICE said.

He had an "extensive criminal history," dating to 1994, ICE said. The agency said Borja-Vega's past crimes include four convictions for driving while intoxicated; unlawfully carrying a weapon; terroristic threats; evading arrest and detention; assault causing bodily injury; transporting illegal aliens; and four convictions for unlawfully entering the U.S. after being deported.

Re-entering the United States after being deported is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, the agency noted.