The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of an American national wanted by authorities in Texas.
In a report to Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco, BI fugitive Search Unit (FSU) Acting Chief Rendell Ryan Sy identified the fugitive as 43-year-old Jason Clint Reed, who was arrested on May 9 along Roxas Blvd., Ermita, Manila.
The FSU operatives who apprehended Reed were armed with a mission order from Tansingco, who issued the same at the request of the US authorities in Manila.
Reed, it was learned, is already an undocumented alien as his passport was already revoked by the State Department.
“He had also been overstaying in the country for almost eight years as BI records show that he last arrived in Manila on November 27, 2014, and never left or bothered to extend his stay since then,” Sy said.
“Reed will thus be deported for overstaying, and for being an undocumented and overstaying alien,” he added.
According to the US government, a warrant of arrest was issued against Reed by a District Court in Jefferson County, Texas on January 5, 2015, after he was charged for improper photo and visual recording.
BI agenst nab American fugitive in Manila
The Texas penal code defines invasive visual recording as being committed if one photographs, records or broadcasts a person's intimate areas in a private space, such as a bathroom or a changing room, without the victim's consent.
If convicted, a person of such crime may be sentenced to a jail term of between six months and two years and fined up to US$10,000.
Reed is now detained at the BI Warden Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings.
Meanwhile, Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco shared that he is hopeful that the new law modernizing the agency will be passed soon.
Tansingco made the statement following news from the House of Representatives that political parties committed to pass the remaining priority bills.
The BI earlier shared that the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) identified the proposed immigration modernization law as a priority measure.
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