BEAUMONT, Texas – A 27-year-old Guatemalan national
illegally in the United States, has pleaded guilty to immigration violations in
the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Jorge Gonzalez-Ramirez pleaded guilty to transporting illegal aliens and
illegally reentering the United States. The plea was entered today before
U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.
According to information presented in court, on Feb. 12, 2019,
Gonzalez-Ramirez was stopped for a traffic violation in Corrigan, Texas.
During the traffic stop, it was discovered that Gonzalez-Ramirez and his six
passengers were all in the United States illegally. Among the passengers, was a
seven-year-old child traveling with a purported relative, without proper safety
restraints. Federal immigration agents arrived at the Corrigan Police
Department and took custody of all individuals and transported them to the
Montgomery Processing Center in Conroe, Texas. Their investigation
determined that some of the passengers, including the minor, had traveled
through Mexico from Guatemala, crossed into the United States illegally, and
then illegally transported to Houston. Gonzalez-Ramirez admitted that he
picked up the illegal aliens from an apartment in Houston and was promised
money for transporting them. Gonzalez-Ramirez had previously been
deported from the United States to Guatemala in March 2011, and had reentered
the United States illegally.
Under federal statutes,
Gonzalez-Ramirez faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing.
The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for
information purposes, as the sentence will be determined by the court based on
the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A
sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence
investigation by the U.S. Probation Office
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations/Immigration,
Customs Enforcement HSI/ICE, and the Corrigan Police Department, and prosecuted
by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney