US Attorney: Citizen of Mexico pleads guilty to federal immigration charges

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ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced that a citizen of Mexico has pleaded guilty to federal immigration charges.

Martin Alvarez-Torres, 38, pled guilty on Wednesday to one count of illegally reentering the United States after being previously deported without having obtained the prior consent for re-admission.

"The United States is a country that welcomes immigrants from all corners of the world but those who come here must do so within the letter of our immigration laws," United States Attorney Fishwick said.

According to evidence presented at previous hearings by Assistant United States Attorney C.Patrick Hogeboom III, Alvarez-Torres has been removed from the United States multiple times, most recently on April 17, 2014.

He was indicted in 2014 and remained at-large until his arrest in Roanoke in June 2016