ALBANY — Two Mexican citizens are facing punishment for repeat illegal entry into the United States.
Rosibel Catalan-Bonifacio, 24, had been returned to her native country five times, according to the the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.
On each occasion, she had been arrested by immigration authorities in Arizona after she entered the United States without inspection from Mexico.
Most recently Catalan-Bonifacio was sent back to Mexico on Dec. 5, 2014.
Thursday, she pleaded guilty to her latest re-entry.
This time, on Aug. 1, she was arrested by a Border Patrol Agent in Champlain after she illegally entered the United States from Canada.
She walked across the border about 3 miles west of the Champlain Port of Entry, trying to avoid immigration and customs inspection.
Catalan-Bonifacio admitted that she returned to the United States without permission following the prior removals.
She faces up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when she is sentenced March 25 by United States District Judge Mae D ’Agostino.
Her case was investigated by Border Patrol and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.
In an unrelated case, Alejandro Olvera-Servin, 38, was sentenced Thursday, Nov. 29, to 163 days in jail for illegally re-entering the United States.
He admitted as part of his guilty plea that he was removed from the United States to Mexico on March 19, 2016, and again on April 27, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
On each occasion, Olvera-Servin had been arrested by immigration authorities in Texas after he entered the United States without inspection from Mexico.
He was arrested June 19 by a Border Patrol Agent in Mooers after he illegally entered the United States from Canada by walking across the border about 10 miles west of the Champlain Port of Entry, skipping immigration and customs inspection, the release said.
Olvera-Servin admitted that he returned to the United States without permission after he was sent back to Mexico in 2016 and 2018.
Following the sentencing, he was sent to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security for removal proceedings.
This case was investigated by Border Patrol and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.