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Throw the book at Franco del Cid

While the spotlight and debate continues over how migrants flooding along the U.S. Border in Mexico are being treated as they seek refugee status, we learn of disturbing news involving one particular illegal immigrant case.

A Guatemalan woman named Olga Marina Franco del Cid was arrested on Nov. 26 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Inver Grove Heights for illegally entering the U.S. For many here in Lyon County, Franco del Cid’s arrest revives a nightmare. Franco del Cid will forever be linked to the death of four Lakeview School students who perished in a school bus crash that she caused in 2008. Franco del Cid was charged with four counts of criminal vehicular homicide, 17 counts of criminal vehicular injury, failure to stop at a stop sign, not having a valid driver’s license and providing a false name and date of birth to a police officer. She was eventually convicted and a repeal filed by her lawyers was denied.

Franco del Cid served eight years in prison before being deported in 2016.

Now three years later, we find out that Marina del Cid somehow found a way to sneak back into the U.S. Besides illegal entry, Franco del City was also charged with identification document fraud and false representation of a Social Security number.

There should be no debate here. Franco del Cid has shown a total disregard for her conviction in Lyon County and U.S. laws by returning. By just deporting her, she has proven she will illegally return again — and again.

Apparently, illegal re-entry into the U.S. is a felony offense punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison. Prosecutors should pursue the highest level of punishment possible in this case.

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