An illegal alien who has been deported 10 times and voluntarily removed another 9 times is sitting in jail for the rape of a 13 year old girl on Greyhound Bus.
38-year-old Tomas Martinez-Maldonado has a long rap sheet and has been in and out of the immigration justice system many times.
Records obtained by AP show Martinez-Maldonado had eight voluntary removals before his first deportation in 2010, which was followed by another voluntary removal that same year. He was deported five more times between 2011 and 2013.
In 2013, Martinez-Maldonado was charged with entering without legal permission, a misdemeanor, and subsequently deported in early 2014 after serving his sentence. He was deported again a few months later, as well as twice in 2015 — including the last one in October 2015 after he had served his second sentence, the records show.
ICE said in an emailed statement that when it encounters a person who’s been deported multiple times or has a significant criminal history and was removed, it routinely presents those cases to the U.S. attorney’s office for possible criminal charges.
Cosme Lopez, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Arizona, declined comment on why prosecutors twice dismissed felony re-entry after deportation charges against Martinez-Maldonado in 2013 and 2015 in exchange for guilty pleas on misdemeanor entry charges.
Clearly, this illegal alien rapist did not fear U.S. immigration law authorities. He had been through the system many times and knew he could easily skip out on punishment for his crimes and quickly waltz back across the border at any time.
Unfortunately, for the 13 year old on the bus, President Obama did nothing to prevent hardened criminals like Martinez-Maldonado from crossing the border. His lawyers in Arizona also let him walk away from felony charges for breaking immigration law and this led directly to his ability to be on that bus in America’s heartland.