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Salvadoran sent to jail for overstaying his time in Belize

23-year-old, Miguel Angel Jimenez Fuentes,  a Salvadoran national, was fined one thousand dollars for failure to comply with the conditions of his visitor’s permit. As a result, he is spending his first night in jail for a 6-month sentence imposed upon him late yesterday evening in the Magistrate’s Court. Allegations are that on Saturday, August 24, 2019, he was found living in Belize illegally. According to Immigration, on July 11, 2018 Fuentes entered Belize through the Belize Western Border and was given a permit to remain in the country until August 10, 2019. Furthermore, he violated the conditions of his permit when he failed to get an extension when it expired. Fuentes appeared before Senior Magistrate, Tricia Pitts-Anderson where he pleaded guilty to the offense. Fuentes expressed to the court that he would like to remain in Belize due to the gang violence in El Salvador.  However, at the request of the Immigration Department, the court issued a removal order for Fuentes.  He was fined $1,000 plus a $5.00 cost of court, Fuentes was unable to pay the fine and he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison where he will serve a six month prison term. Upon his release, Fuentes will be sent back to El Salvador