Illegal immigrants busted trying to self-deport

Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 9:19 am
Nogales International

Although entering the United States illegally can be hazardous, four men learned this week that leaving the country without documentation carries its own risks.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection took four Mexican nationals into custody on Tuesday as the men headed back into Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in downtown Nogales.

The arrest happened at 12:11 p.m. after CBP officers and Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies, working under the Operation Stonegarden grant that funds border-duty overtime for local law enforcement, boarded a southbound bus to conduct an inspection, said Lt. Raoul Rodriguez of the Sheriff’s Office.

During the inspection, officers asked for identification from the four men, who subsequently said they did not have any identification and admitted they were in the country illegally, Rodriguez said.

The men, Jose Jaime Armenta-Villa, 45; Arturo Cota-Ayala, 44; Vicente Anaya-Soto, 43; and, Jose Rodriguez-Armenta, 34, did not have records of criminal activity in the county so they were released into CBP custody, he said.

Victor Brabble, spokesman for CBP, was only able to confirm the arrest of Anaya-Soto, who was detained for being in the country illegally, then processed and deported, probably within 24 hours, he said.

In southbound inspections, CBP officers search for weapons, ammunition, and money headed into Mexico, as well as people in the United States illegally, Brabble said.

People found to be in the country illegally are detained so that their presence can be documented, which increases the consequences the next time they are caught, he sai