SAN DIEGO IMMIGRATION EXAMINER EXCLUSIVE
Escondido Police have snared another major criminal illegal alien at their latest checkpoint Saturday night.
Manuel Romero Berrales, 32, was arrested after he couldn’t produce a drivers license while driving through the checkpoint. A subsequent computer records check revealed that he was in the country illegally and had several prior arrests.
Berrales was then turned over to local ICE agents for possible prosecution and removal from the U.S.
A deeper investigation into Berrales’ criminal history has revealed he’s had numerous run-ins with U.S. law enforcement and courts over the past 10 years and has been removed from the country at least 8 times.
According to law enforcement sources familiar with the case, Berrales was convicted of drug possession in Los Angeles in 2001. In 2005, he was convicted of driving without a license. And in 2007, Berrales was arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse of a child under 14. He was 28 at the time.
ICE records show he has been voluntarily returned (VR’d) to Mexico eight different times over the years – most recently in 2008 and 2010, presumably after further contacts with law enforcement.
In a symptom of our broken illegal alien enforcement system, despite Berrales extensive crime spree in our country over the past decade, he has never been formally deported by federal authorities, meaning he could not and cannot be prosecuted for felony re-entry into the U.S. Voluntary return is basically a non-punitive, escorted trip to Tijuana by ICE and a revolving door back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico with no punishment for repeatedly violating our borders.
No word yet from ICE in San Diego if the 9th time will be the charm for this prolific Mexican criminal. Will Berrales finally be formally deported by a judge or will he be just VR’d yet again, inviting another illegal return through our porous open borders back to the streets of Escondido to continue his life of crime.
President Obama continues to claim that our southern border is secure despite overwhelming evidence that it is anything but secure.
Updates will be posted here when further information becomes available from ICE about their current plans for Manuel Berrales.
EPD’s checkpoint also caught 17 other unlicensed drivers. The illegal drivers were cited and their vehicles were impounded. Escondido hold 2-3 traffic safety checkpoints each month in various areas of the city.