Guatemalan man arrested near Nogales gets 37 months
Posted: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 8:17 am
Nogales International |
A Guatemalan man who was apprehended in April 2011 by Nogales Station
Border Patrol agents has been sentenced to 37 months in prison.
Elias Natanael Santos-Milian, 37, of Guatemala City, was sentenced
Jan. 23 at U.S. District Court in Tucson on one count of re-entry
after deportation, court records show. He had pled guilty to the
charge as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
Santos-Milian was arrested on April 20, 2011 after crossing the
border near Nogales. When Border Patrol agents ran his fingerprints
through their Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System,
they learned that he had been convicted in 2010 in Los Angeles for
sexual battery and sentenced to one year in jail.
A sentencing memorandum filed by Santos-Milian's lawyer said he had
re-entered the U.S. to reunite with his family in Los Angeles, and
then move them to Tijuana, Mexico.
Citing an attached letter from a physician, the lawyer, Daniel
Anderson, wrote that Santos-Milian's 8-year-old son underwent a
liver, intestine, and pancreas transplant in 2005, and has been under
constant medical care since. Anderson wrote that from Tijuana, Santos-
Milian's wife, a U.S. citizen, could still access U.S. medical care
for her son.
In handing down the sentence, Judge John Jarvey recommended that
Santos-Milian be imprisoned at or near Los Angeles.
Santos-Milian will be formally removed from the U.S. following
completion of his sentence and is now banned for life from all
Greece to start work on anti-migrant border fence
Mon, 02/06/2012 - 13:37
The Associated Press
KASTANIES, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they will start work
next month on a 10-kilometer (6-mile) fence on the country's border
with Turkey to deter waves of illegal immigration.
Public Order Minister Christos Papoutsis said Monday the obstacle is
expected to be finished by the beginning of September, and will cost
more than €3 million ($4 million).
The double fence, with a four-meter (13-foot) high fill of razor
wire, will stretch between the villages of Kastanies and Nea Vyssa in
the border Evros region, near the northeastern town of Orestiada.
The debt-cripple country receives thousands of illegal immigrants
from Turkey every year. Most of the border is delineated by the Evros
River, but the fence will cover a short stretch where the two
countries are divided by land and is easier to cross.