Mexican Says He Violated U.S. Immigration Laws Only To Be With His Three American Kids

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Photo by Josh Denmark & courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
A line in the . . . concrete at San Ysidro, California
At the age of eight in 1987, Puebla, Mexico resident Lamberto Pedraza Sanchez saw his father abandon him to live in the United States.

Two years later, Sanchez's mother joined her husband and left the boy with an aunt, who ordered him to quit school in the sixth grade, refused to allow him to play soccer and forced him to work on a farm.

Without government permission, his parents brought him into the U.S. when he turned 14 years old and he still would be working Orange County menial jobs undetected by immigration officers if not for a family dispute.

He allegedly caught his girlfriend (and mother of his three kids) cheating on him in 2011, assaulted her in a moment of outrage and won a domestic violence conviction that ended with jail time and a 2013 deportation to Mexico.

Having been abandoned by his own parents at an early age, Sanchez refused to stay away from his own kids and, believing his 20-year residence here meant he didn't need a visa, returned to California, where fate handed him another ugly twist.

Almost an innocent homicide victim in a shooting, he found himself with responding police officers, who put him in the Orange County Jail and then turned him over to the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency officers, who filed 2013 criminal charges for him being an "illegal alien found in the United States following deportation."

Federal law enforcement officials wanted Sanchez to serve a 57-month prison sentence and then face a second deportation.

But Sanchez's defense lawyer argued a fair punishment could be no longer than 27 months.

The defendant weighed in, urging U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna to be lenient for the sake of his kids.

"I want to say I am sorry because I am very remorseful for having committed the crime of re-entry to this country," wrote Sanchez, who earned praise from his past Orange County employers as a hard worker and kind man. "It was never my intention to commit this crime, but desperation and distraught as a result of hearing my children cry for me not being here with them . . . For this reason, I ask you please and beg you to understand that as a father I only wanted to be with my children whom I love most in this life."

Inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana this month, Selna determined the appropriate punishment is a 37-month trip to prison.

The judge also recommended the defendant be housed in a Southern California facility so his children can easily visit.

When Sanchez completes his prison term, he'll be deported back to Mexico.

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44 comments
Bernie_Bernstein
Bernie_Bernstein

Cry me a river Pedro! You sneak into American only to sperm up some other wetback chick. You immediately get these kids on every welfare program available. You are a worthless man who can't even raise your own children. Go back to Mexico and take your future gang banging kids with you. Be a drain on Mexican society for a while. 

becivil
becivil

This guy should be pissed off with his parents for setting him up for a life of illegal alien living. They knew there was not another amnesty coming any time soon. And if they didn't, they should have known. Everyone else knew. They set him up for failure. (his parents).

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

Is the mother illegal, too?  She's his girlfriend, not wife?  Is that so she can collect benefits as a "single" mother?  The kids can go visit him in Mexico, right?  If they want to see him, they can go down there and visit. Problem solved.

RobertGraham29
RobertGraham29

Enough of this sympathy. Illegal aliens should be shot!

RobertGraham29
RobertGraham29

Oh poor crybaby... HE'S ILLEGAL! The illegal alien should take his anchor babies back to Mexico with him so he can't complain.  If I am hungry can I go shoplift and expect sympathy when I say I only did it because I was hungry? Outrageous!

dlakatos
dlakatos

You didn't build that? Americans Citizen Dam well Payed for it in Blood, Sweat and Money.

dlakatos
dlakatos

Politically Correct means. Sit Down, Shut Up, and follow the rest of the sheep.


dlakatos
dlakatos

The Mexicans are finally getting some Gut's in Mexico the people are starting to fight back at the Drug Cartel.They are Forming Militia's. Guess what they're doing it with Guns from America that there Government won't let them have to defend themselves with. They got tired of there women being raped, and being robbed, and murdered. The Mexican Government said they could keep there guns if they reported them to the Government. The Mexican people's Militia toll there Government to stick it were the sun don't shine.

dlakatos
dlakatos

The Minute Illegals put there children in American Schools they where Stealing Generations of American Children Birthright to a Higher Education. Think of 

all the Money spent on illegals Children that was suppose to be spent on your American Children.The Government let these illegal into America to give 

birth to children of these illegals then put them into our schools to drain off State education resources. When the state ran out of money along come's the Government and Unions to take over education. How you pay 3 to 4 X  more for Education. If illegals pay Federal taxes that means the Government knew where they lived and did not arrest them for being illegal. The Government wanted to Dumb down your children on purpose and they've done a really good job of that. Department of Education is a total failure admitted by the Government and getting worse. Common Core is Garbage. The American Children have been dragged down to the level of  Third World Education. Americans were being Charitable than They turned it into a free for all. That's the real story.


18usc241
18usc241

Orange County, CA law enforcement, you think you have a problem with me? Wait until every latino parent in OC discovers how you use their sons for criminal activity that puts them in danger. Wait until the Vietnamese community finds out how you use their nationals and also put them in danger - as if having to leave your own Country due to communism and governement violence followed by the tolerating of racist bullshit by fat white people in a foreign land wasn't enough travesty to put up with for one lifetime. And finally, wait until American war veterans in OC find out how you disrespected the engineering company of an Italian American WW2 German prisoner of war hero.

Frankly, I'm the least of your problems.

Candy Romero
Candy Romero

Also, why would you send the kid back to Mexico? They are American citizens. They are not their father or his crimes. They should NOT have to pay the consequences for said crimes.

Candy Romero
Candy Romero

Whoa the ignorance of these comments. Beating ANYONE isn't cool but that does NOT give you the okay to classify all immigrants as "the same" or "useless". Fuck, people are so self involved.

Fernando Rios
Fernando Rios

Libs are always calling conservatives women haters(wait till Hilary comfirms shes running) until it doesnt benefit their agenda..

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

But, but, but it was only just a little "moment of outrage" and she was cheating on him, after all. Sounds like OC Weakly is saying that as long as it's only a one time thing and and the woman deserved it then he should still be eligible for citizenship.

Joseph Forth
Joseph Forth

Send him back to Mexico along with the kids.

Robby Pinault
Robby Pinault

So wait, why are we putting him in prison? 3 years will cost tax payers about $150,000? For what? He is going to get out and be deported, within weeks he will be jumping right back across the border.

Chris J Caroselli
Chris J Caroselli

A border jumping wife-beater named Sanchez with multiple children is not news, they're everywhere and each one is as useless as the rest..Is this some sort of propaganda effort or what? Stick to the weather, it is 104 degrees outside you know.

gnarchild
gnarchild

funny that none of these articles EVER address what the Mexican government does to illegal aliens. I'm sick of the US getting a bad rap, we treat illegals much better than any other country and we deal with more of it that anywhere else. Laws are laws, rules are rules. He admits to breaking them for too long. No remorse for him. 

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

I felt for the guy until I read this: "...assaulted her in a moment of outrage and won a domestic violence conviction..."


Nope. Just nope.


robincook
robincook

"He allegedly caught his girlfriend (and mother of his three kids) cheating on him in 2011, assaulted her in a moment of outrage and won a domestic violence conviction that ended with jail time and a 2013"


Where is her story?  There is no way to tell if he is being treated unfairly without knowing about his abuse on others.

BBAIN
BBAIN

Adios amigo!

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

You can sob and howl like a baby all you want to Mr. Sanchez but that does not entitle you to violate our nation's laws. After you serve your sentence try actually making something of yourself back in Mexico. Your children can visit it you there. Adios. 

xylo
xylo

@arizonanewtimes.com  People like you are ruining this country. Get out of America. 

becivil
becivil

@18usc241  Also, Italian-Americans are white. Some are even fat.

becivil
becivil

@18usc241   No racist hate speech allowed. Just because some people are unfortunately born white and get fat, does not entitle you to abuse them with racial hate slurs.

18usc241
18usc241

Whenever you read about the court, government, or law enforcement "sealing" records or making secrecy claims etc etc it's in part for the purposes of covering up the heinous anti-American bullshit activity just mentioned.

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

No problema - put the kids in foster care and allow them to visit their dad on holidays.  Volaris Airlines would surely appreciate the business. 

becivil
becivil

well, can you be open-minded enough to try and see where all of the anger is coming from on the American side of things? Please, seriously think about how we are telling you we feel. It has seemed very self-involved to us, to have millions of people come in and force us to cover the cost of their economic survival in the form of higher taxes. Don't respond with hatred. Please respond fairly.

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

Then perhaps the prison surgeon should amputate his legs to make re-entry a dicier proposition. 

18usc241
18usc241

Laws are laws and rules are rules and Orange County CA law enforcement should start obeying all of them. Lead by example hypocrite sleaze bags.

You can start by respecting the civil rights of the residents of Orange County. They were established in the 60's and only #donaldsterling racist assholes thought they could ignore them while hiding behind the color of authority.

Bernie_Bernstein
Bernie_Bernstein

@whateveryousay  - Can you imagine the OUTRAGED headline in the OC WEEKLY if a rich, white man beat his wife in a "moment of outrage"?

SickSnail
SickSnail

@whateveryousay  No doubt. And the OC Weekly would have you believe that as long as it's "a moment of outrage", it's acceptable. I have news for you, OC Weekly. A woman beating illegal has nothing worthwhile to contribute

becivil
becivil

@xylo  while his speech is crass and uncivilized, it is still his first amendment expression of an idea. He wasn't actually using any racial hate speech name calling tactics. America always called illegal aliens "illegal aliens", so we never had another name to call them, and until recently, it was the only word in our language that was in use. (In case someone says that is an example of racist name calling, It isn't.)

18usc241
18usc241

I grew up in the Soho/Little Italy section of Manhattan with Italian/Irish/Jewish kids. A vastly different experience than growing up with the wannabe master race imbecile German/Bavarian American trash pile in Anaheim/Garden Grove.

18usc241
18usc241

Thanks, you are today's Rosa Parks aren't you? Tell me, are you this vociferous when it comes to #donaldsterling white male trash cops deliberately destroying the reputation of a Latino American man?

If not why not? If the answer is no, I respectfully suggest that you are a racist idiot.

Bernie_Bernstein
Bernie_Bernstein

@armandocdll81  - Sounds good to me. plus we can serve the severed legs in the prison chili. 2 problems solved with minimal cost to the taxpayers - BRAVO! 

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@SickSnail @whateveryousaySo, "SickSnail," you really think OC Weekly supports domestic violence? I doubt it and, in the spirit of reciprocation, have news for you: I love fake outrage comments! They increase my Google scores. Thank you and please continue!

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