A convicted sex offender was among the more than 1,500 migrants apprehended by Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents from Friday through today.
Jorge Ramirez-Rivera, a 45-year-old from El Salvador, was part of a group of seven migrants apprehended at approximately 8 p.m. Saturday near County 23rd Street and the Salinity Canal after illegally entering the United States from Mexico.
Record checks conducted on Ramirez-Rivera at the Yuma station revealed that he was a registered sex offender. Ramirez-Rivera was convicted of molestation of a child in 2012 in El Monte, California, for which he was sentenced to 142 days in jail. Ramirez-Rivera was subsequently removed from the U.S. following the completion of his sentence and now faces charges for reentering the country after a previous removal.
So far this fiscal year, since October 1, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents have apprehended 429 sex offenders who illegally entered the U.S. at a location other than a designated port of entry.