Border agents caught a former Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient illegally crossing from Mexico into California late Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday.
Agents from the Calexico Border Patrol Station were tipped off by a remote video surveillance system of movement about 3.5 miles east of downtown Calexico, Calif., at 11:50 p.m. PST Monday. Surveillance operators confirmed a person had crossed the border and was running north.
"After running about 200 yards north of the fence, the man laid down on the ground. The subject stood up and attempted to abscond by running away as agents approached him to make the arrest. After a brief foot chase, agents caught and detained the subject," CBP reported in a statement.
Juan Manuel Montes-Bojorquez, a 23-year-old Mexican citizen, was taken into custody and processed at the Calexico border station. Officials said he had been removed from the U.S. on Feb. 19, 2017, by way of Calexico after trying to illegally enter the U.S. on that occasion as well.
Monday's incident marks the second time he was caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally.
"Our agents witnessed and arrested Mr. Bojorquez making an illegal entry into the United States for the second time this year," said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim said in a statement. "Border Patrol Agents will always stop, detain, and arrest anyone making an illegal entry into the country irrespective of their immigration or citizenship status."
Montes-Bojorquez is in jail awaiting charges of re-entry after removal.
The DACA program, created by former President Barack Obama, is aimed at protecting younger immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Nearly 800,000 illegal immigrants were protected from deportation and allowed to work under the program, although President Trump has said he would start winding down the program in March.