CNS: When they first arrested him in North Carolina in 2006, they let him go and asked him to come back for a hearing in Georgia.
Instead, he ended up in Wisconsin.
Now he could face years in prison.
But this story does not start in North Carolina or Wisconsin. It starts in Arizona — on the border.
It should end with the federal government — which failed to prevent this man from illegally entering and re-entering our country — securing our southern border.
Thirteen years ago, law enforcement in Charlotte pulled over a car that had “illegal window tinting.” The driver, Jose Facio-Santos, did not have a license.
Twelve years later, a special agent for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement submitted an affidavit to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in support of a federal criminal complaint against Facio-Santos. It summarized what happened those many years ago in North Carolina.
“During the booking process, Facio-Santos admitted to being a citizen of Mexico and stated that he had entered the United States illegally in 2004 near Nogales, Arizona and had been residing in Charlotte, North Carolina since his illegal entry,” said the affidavit.
“Facio-Santos was released from custody and scheduled for an immigration hearing,” it said.
“On May 23, 2007, Facio-Santos failed to attend the Immigration Court hearing,” it said.
Where did he go? The government did not know.
But Facio-Santos was apparently not a perfect driver.