A Dominican immigrant and suspected drug dealer who has used at least 14 aliases while in the U.S. has been deported five times over the past decade in a case that highlights the revolving door in a lax immigration system, the Boston Herald reports. Juan Laboy was last deported in April after his third conviction in federal court for illegal re-entry, for which he served a year in prison.
Laboy was arrested twice in Massachusetts: in Roxbury in 2010 for drug trafficking and in Lowell for drug possession and unlicensed operation in 2015. Laboy was among 41 undocumented immigrants that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston prosecuted solely for illegal re-entry in 2013, and he was among 90 prosecuted last year. U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Az.) who has filed a bill to raise the penalty for illegal re-entry to a mandatory five years, said the revolving door illustrated by Laboy’s case has “become more the norm,” and called penalties on the books “a slap on the hand.”