A Mexican citizen accused of severely injuring a 6-year-old boy in a DUI crash in California Saturday night had already been deported from the USA no fewer than 15 times, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
Banda-Acosta's past deportations could have occurred under a number of federal processes.
ICE agents say Banda-Acosta, a Mexican citizen, was deported 15 times since 2002, including most recently in January.
He told NBC 7, he works with some clients who have been deported half a dozen times and some manage to come back to the USA illegally, in less than a week. Lake and his wife, Ingrid, suffered minor injuries. However, one block away from their house, another auto hit their vehicle causing Lennox head injuries.
Six-year-old Lennox and his family were driving back from Disneyland when things took a turn for the heartbreaking.
Despite a long road ahead, his family and doctors are "cautiously optimistic" the boy will make a full recovery, his grandmother said.
The little boy was injured when his family’s car was hit by a suspected DUI driver. Their vehicle is seen in an image from a GoFundMe page
"Right now, he has a lot of swelling and can't open either of his eyes so he's scared about why he can't see", his father Ben Lake told KSWB while holding back tears.
Benjamin said, "I explained to him what happened and he just asked, "Why am I so jacked up?' So I told him, you know, he's going to get better and we're going to go home soon".
The uncle of a child injured in a hit-run crash in San Ysidro is raising money online to help pay for the family's medical expenses.
Cheryl Lake was stunned by the number of times Banda-Acosta has been able to enter the country illegally.
Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for ICE, said the agency planned to deport Banda-Acosta once again after any conviction or sentence are handed down for the hit-and-run and DUI case. (There is no evidence that either of the conjectures is true.) Other fringe sites, like the "United States Illegal Alien Crime Report", which looks at "illegal alien crime", have also featured the incident.
Constantino Banda-Acosta was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents about a mile from the two-car collision that took place at about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday in the San Ysidro neighborhood of San Diego, near the border with Mexico. TAP HERE for Banda-Acosta's known arrest history.
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