Previously Deported Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty To COVID Relief Fraud, Other Charges

Previously Deported Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty To COVID Relief Fraud, Other Charges

A previously deported illegal alien pleaded guilty this week to charges including identity theft and benefits fraud in part relating to aid given during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pedro Hernandez-Romero, a Mexican national, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to using the identity and social security number of an American citizen after illegally re-entering the United States after deportation. According to Eye Witness News, Hernandez-Romero received around $26,000 in Pennsylvania Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits as part of its state COVID relief program.

The guilty plea comes as Democrats across the country are complaining that illegal immigrants being shipped from Republican-controlled states to their areas are putting a strain on their resources.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre responded to a question during a press conference this week about the “thousands” of illegal aliens who have been shipped to Washington, D.C., and New York City from Texas and Arizona amid Biden’s Border Crisis.

“We believe it’s shameful that — that some governors are using migrants as a political tool, as a political play, when we should be making sure that we’re doing everything that we can to help — to help folks who are coming into this process in a legal way and making sure that, you know, we do this in a — in a safe — in a safe way and a respectful way,” she said. “And I think it’s shameful that that is happening.”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) said during a press conference this week that the influx of illegal aliens being shipped to his city was a “real burden on New Yorkers.”

“As I stated, we already have an overburdened shelter system. So now we’re talking about, as you stated, food, clothing, schools,” he said. “This is going to impact our schools because we do not turn away individuals because they’re undocumented, need translation services. There’s just a whole host of things that this is going to produce. And that’s why we need help in getting this done and we need to write coordination to make it happen.”

It was recently reported that the Biden administration has released 750,000 illegal aliens into this country this year alone. That number does not include individuals who entered the country without detection.

In March, it was reported that the Secret Service estimated that $100 billion in COVID relief funds may have been doled out in fraudulent claims, corrupt deals, or to dead people.

Ryan Saavedra and Zach Jewell contributed to this report.

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