PORTLAND, Maine — A 40-year-old Mexican man has pleaded guilty to illegally transporting his two nephews, who had previously been ordered to leave the United States.
Silvino Orduna-Cabrera faces at most a five-year prison term and a $250,000 fine under the agreement filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the District of Maine.
Federal investigators say Orduna-Cabrera flew from Mexico to Canada in June with his two nephews. Canada admitted all three as visitors.
Investigators say Orduna-Cabrera in July told border agents he planned to visit an uncle in Maine for two weeks and return to Mexico.
Investigators say Orduna-Cabrera drove to Maine after picking up his nephews after they illegally crossed into Vermont.
Orduna-Cabrera’s attorney said his client lacks a criminal record and said it’s unfortunate he was prosecuted.