Mexican teens deported after being stopped for drag racing
Three Phoenix-area high school students were deported to Mexico after a Gilbert police officer stopped the car they were in for drag racing and called federal immigration officials, authorities said.
The three teens were in a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse that was stopped in the southeast Phoenix suburb of Gilbert late Saturday, said Lt. Joe Ruet, a Gilbert police spokesman.
The driver, Jaime Cisneros, 16, of Chandler, told the officer he didn't have an Arizona driver's license but did have a Mexican driver's license, although he wasn't carrying it, Ruet said. That's when the officer called immigration agents.
Gilbert police normally don't question immigration status, Ruet said, but in this case Cisneros' statement that he had a Mexican driver's license "opened the door."
A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the three students were questioned by agents who determined they were in the country illegally. After the teens were interviewed by officials from the Mexican consulate and a parent notified, they were deported, said Lauren Mack, an ICE spokeswoman.
The other deported teens were identified as Johany Nafarrate, 17, of Chandler, and 16-year-old Omar Galvez, whose hometown wasn't available. All three attend area high schools and live with their families, said Jorge Solchaga, head of the protection unit at the Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix.
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