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Immigration Law

CA2 on 'Found In' - USA v. Vasquez Macias

"Defendant Walter Yovany Vasquez Macias appeals from a judgment of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York (Richard Arcara, Judge), in which he was convicted after a jury trial of being “found in” the United States as a previously‐deported alien, in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1326(a) and (b)(2).  When encountered by authorities, Vasquez had left the United States and sought lawful entry into Canada, was detained, and then returned to the United States in custody.  We reverse; Vasquez was not “found in” the United States when he was here voluntarily." - USA v. Vasque Macias, Jan. 14, 2014.