When a 52-year-old construction worker from Guadalajara faced a federal court judge last March for illegal entry, he was no stranger to the court room. Since 1998, the man had been arrested nine times for illegally entering the country.
Through a plea deal system called “Fast Track,” the man faced a two-year prison sentence for the latest offense. It was less time than he received in 2011 when the same federal court judge sentenced him to 30 months for the same crime.
Court documents show the federal court judge objected, saying “seems to me that if a guy keeps doing the same thing … one would think the penalties would go up, not down.”
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