Man who claimed Apache ancestry guilty of immigration charge
A man who said he is a member of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas was convicted of violating federal immigration law.

Erick R. Bonilla, 32, was born in Mexico and is not a U.S. citizen. He said his tribal affiliation allows him to cross the border into Texas.

Judge Rob Junell disagreed and noted that the tribe lacks federal recognition. After a one-day bench trial, he found Bonilla guilty of re-entering the United States after being deported.

Bonilla has been deported twice and agreed to leave the U.S. on two other occasions, The Odessa American reported.

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Native American found guilty (The Odessa American 7/7)