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Illegal entries continue at U.S.-Canada borders

ALBANY A Mexican citizen has pleaded guilty in federal court to the misdemeanor offense of illegal entry by an alien. Margarita Baron-Huertas, 34, admitted Oct. 24 she entered the United States by walking across the international border between the U.S. and Canada at a remote location near Champlain Oct. 7, avoiding immigration and customs inspection. Huertas was sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge David R. Homer, to time served of 16 days, and was immediately remanded to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security for removal proceedings. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Border Patrol, Champlain. In a separate incident, Marie Adelyne Celestin, 31, of Montreal, Quebec, pleaded guilty Oct. 24 to the misdemeanor offense of attempted illegal entry by an alien. Celestin, a citizen of Haiti, admitted she made false statements about her identity and citizenship to United States Customs and Border Protection officers Oct. 6 in an attempt to enter the U.S. from Canada as a passenger in a motor vehicle at the Champlain Port of Entry. She used a Canadian Citizenship Card in the name Mariama Diallo in support of her claim of identity and citizenship. Celestin was sentenced by Judge Homer to time served of 18 days, and was immediately remanded to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security for removal proceedings. That investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Champlain. As the result of another investigation by the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Border Patrol in Champlain and Mooers, a Dominican Republic man was convicted following his illegal entry into the U.S. Natkin George, 41, pleaded guilty to illegally reentering the U.S. after removal, in federal court before U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy. Previously, George was ordered removed by an Immigration judge in York, Pa., Dec. 19, 2002. He was physically removed from the country from Miami, Fla., to the Dominican Republic Jan. 15, 2003. On Sept. 10, George was encountered and arrested again. Sentencing for George is scheduled for March 10. He faces a maximum sentence of imprisonment for 10 years, supervised release of up to three years, a fine of up to $250,000, and a special assessment of $100.

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