NEW YORK — A twice-removed Dominican national was sentenced Oct. 31 to 45 months in federal custody. The sentencing of Daniel Antonio Peralta, 49, follows a 2017 indictment for illegal re-entry, a charge initiated after his arrest by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) for immigration violations.
“Peralta was not only removed from this country twice and illegally returned again in violation of the law, but this is his second felony re-entry conviction,” said William Joyce, acting field office director for ERO New York. “It is because of convicted felons like Peralta, who unlawfully returned to this country only to commit more crimes, that ICE officers need to remain steadfast in their dedication to arresting and removing criminal aliens from our communities.”
Peralta, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, was previously removed by ICE on two separate occasions in August 2003 and July 2013. His 2013 removal, followed his February 2011 conviction in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York for illegal re-entry of an aggravated felon following removal, for which he was sentenced to a 45-months imprisonment, and 3-years of supervised release. Peralta also has a 2003 conviction in New York state for criminal sale of controlled substance 3rd degree, an aggravated felony for which he was sentenced to 1 to 3 years imprisonment. Once again, Peralta unlawfully re-entered the U.S. at an unknown place, on an unknown date, following his removal.
On July 6, 2017, Peralta was arrested in Glen Cove, New York, on local charges. The next day, ERO deportation officers assigned to the Central Islip, New York, sub-office’s Violent Criminal Alien Section arrested Peralta on immigration charges. On July 11, 2017, a federal arrest warrant was obtained charging Peralta with a violation of 8USC1326(b)(2), illegally re-entering the U.S. after removal. Peralta was subsequently remanded to U.S. Marshals Service custody.
On May 14, 2018, Peralta pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Central Islip, New York, to federal illegal re-entry after removal following an aggravated felony conviction. Peralta will be returned to ICE custody for removal, following the completion of his imposed sentence.
ICE is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.
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