Previously Deported Sex Offender Arrested By Border Patrol In Eastern Arizona

Zacarias Bautista-Emiliano [Photo Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection]

TUCSON – A previously deported sex offender, Zacarias Bautista-Emiliano, was discovered among a group of illegal immigrants by U.S. Border Patrol agents in eastern Arizona on Monday.

Greenlee County [Map from Wikipedia]
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), agents encountered the group of two men, one woman, and a juvenile while responding to a request for assistance from a Greenlee County Sheriff’s deputy near Clifton, Arizona.

Agents interviewed members of the group, and learned that all five Mexican nationals were illegally present in the country. A records checks revealed that the 32-year-old Bautista-Emiliano, had an extensive criminal history in the United States, according to CBP.

Bautista-Emiliano was found guilty in California of sexual crimes against a child in 2013. Due to extensive immigration violations, Bautista also had received a lifetime ban from entering the United States.

Bautista will remain in custody to face criminal charges, while the other four members in the group will be processed for immigration violations.

From U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

Criminal Alien Statistics Fiscal Year 2019

The following is a summary of U.S. Border Patrol enforcement actions related to arrests of criminal aliens for Fiscal Years 2016 – 2018, and FY 2019 TD (to date) (October 1, 2018 – July 31, 2019)

Records checks of available law enforcement databases following the apprehension of an alien may reveal a history of criminal conviction(s). That conviction information is recorded in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection database, from which the data below is derived.


The term “criminal alien” refers to aliens who have been convicted of one or more crimes, whether in the United States or abroad, prior to interdiction by the U.S. Border Patrol; it does not include convictions for conduct that is not deemed criminal by the United States. Arrests of criminal aliens are a subset of total apprehensions by U.S. Border Patrol.

FY 16FY 17FY 18FYTD 19
U.S. Border Patrol Criminal Alien Arrests12,8428,5316,6983,779


This table organizes nationwide convictions of criminal aliens by type of criminal conduct. Because some criminal aliens may be convicted of multiple criminal offenses, total convictions listed below exceed the total arrests noted in the table above.

FY 16FY 17FY 18FYTD 19
Assault, battery, domestic violence1,007692524260
Burglary, robbery, larceny, theft, fraud825595347158
Driving under the influence2,4581,5961,113540
Homicide, manslaughter8332
Illegal drug possession, trafficking1,7971,249871395
Illegal entry, re-entry7,0604,5023,9202,379
Illegal weapons possession, transport, trafficking23717310653
Sexual offenses1551378054

1CBP’s Fiscal Year is October 1 through September 30.
2“Other” includes any conviction not included in the categories above.

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