Canadian man facing 14th deportation

Published on Wed, May 9, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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A Canadian citizen with 13 deportations to his name has once again been charged with illegally re-entering the U.S. after being apprehended in Blaine last month.

In a possible lead-up to his 14th deportation, 62-year-old Gian Franco Perrotti was arrested on April 3 after trying to illegally enter the U.S. through Peace Arch State Park in Blaine. Perrotti has been deported back to Canada 13 times and granted another 15 voluntary returns to his home country.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Border Patrol agent Johnny Howes was patrolling in his vehicle near Peace Arch State Park at about 9 p.m. on April 3 when he saw an individual, later identified as Perrotti, walk south on 2nd Street out of the park. Howes later found Perrotti with a backpack hiding behind a tree just west of some apartments at the intersection of 2nd and B streets.

Perrotti did not have any identification or paperwork showing he was legally present in the U.S. After being detained about two hours at the Customs and Border Protection Blaine sector headquarters, Perrotti was read his Miranda rights and signed a sworn statement affirming his identify and that he had entered the U.S. without permission earlier in the day.

Emily Langlie, spokesperson for the U.S. district attorney’s office, said the most common prison sentence for Perrotti’s charge, if convicted, is between 10 and 16 months, but he could serve as much as 10 years.

Court documents show Perrotti has been deported from eight U.S. cities, some more than once, over the past 42 years. His first deportation was from Buffalo, New York, in June 8, 1970, while his most recent deportation was from Los Angeles on October 12, 2011.

Perrotti has been deported from Blaine twice within the last three years, May 22, 1980 and February 12, 2009.

Perrotti is being held at the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac. According to the U.S. district attorney’s office in Seattle, there is a “serious risk the defendant will flee.”