NORWALK, Conn. -- A Mexican citizen living in Norwalk who has repeatedly crossed into the United States despite being deported has been sentenced again for illegally entering the country, according to Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut.
Daly said that Alberto Silva-Garcia, 46, was deported back to Mexico in 1999 after being convicted of domestic violence in California.
Between March 1999 and April 2004, Silva-Garcia was encountered several times by immigration agents in California, Daly said. Two of these encounters happened while he was in custody after he was apprehended and convicted for controlled substance violations, while several others took place after he was apprehended at the U.S. border for falsely claiming U.S. citizenship, according to Daly.
On 11 documented occasions, he was removed to Mexico by foot.
Silva-Garcia was arrested in August 2009 for motor vehicle offenses in Norwalk, and was subsequently charged with illegal re-entry and sentenced to 12 months in prison. In December 2010 he was again removed to Mexico, Daly said.
He didn't stop there, and came back to the United States. In March 2015, he was charged with larceny and burglary in Norwalk, stemming from a crime spree where he stole construction tools and equipment from job sites and construction vehicles, Daly said. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Silva-Garcia has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement since October 2016. On Jan. 30 he pleaded guilty to one count of illegal re-entry of a removed alien.