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ICE deports Mexican man convicted of sexually assaulting a child

Immigration judge ordered U.S. permanent resident deported based on felony conviction

Borunda Hernandez

EL PASO, Texas - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers here deported to Mexico a convicted sexual predator on Tuesday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents escorted Inosente Borunda Hernandez, 34, and turned him over to Mexican authorities at the Ysleta (Texas) Port of Entry.

Borunda Hernandez, a citizen of Mexico and a former U.S. permanent resident, was convicted in Perryton, Texas, on June 28, 2007 of aggravated sexual assault for committing indecency with a child by sexual contact, which is a first-degree felony. He was sentenced to seven years probation. The criminal conviction rendered him deportable.

Borunda Hernandez was intercepted in October 2007 at the Presidio, Texas, port of entry after he applied for admission into the United States. As he was being processed for admission, a database query revealed he had a criminal conviction for sexual indecency with a child. Federal officers paroled him into the United States to face deportation proceedings. On June 25, 2008, an immigration judge ordered Borunda Hernandez removed to Mexico based on his felony conviction. He had been detained at the El Paso Processing Center until Tuesday when he was deported to Mexico. Aggravated felons, such as Borunda Hernandez, who re-enter the United States after being formally deported, commit another felony punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison.

"Removing alien predators from the country who sexually exploit children improves public safety, and is an ICE top priority," said Robert Jolicoeur, field office director for ICE's Detention and Removal Operations Office in El Paso.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.