Border Patrol Apprehend Convicted Child Sex Offender And Gang Members Crossing The Border
Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector apprehended two gang members and a migrant with a child sex crime conviction crossing the border as part of three separate groups of migrants entering the U.S.
On Wednesday, agents arrested a Salvadoran national and registered sex offender who had been arrested in Texas in 2018 for indecency with a child by sexual conduct. The man had been convicted but not deported and was only sentenced to five years probation.
Just one year later the same sex offender was arrested in Houston on charges of stalking, child abuse and also had an outstanding warrant, this time he was deported. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) release said that the group he was traveling with included a 7-year-old girl and her mother.
On Tuesday, agents in La Joya encountered a group of six migrants who were trying to elude them. During processing, one woman was discovered to be an 18th Street gang member with multiple removals, including one as recent as August.
Wednesday, a Salvadoran MS-13 gang member, who had previously been deported, was arrested in a group of three in McAllen.
Tucson Sector Chief Border Patrol Agent John Modlin announced this week that agents had arrested a Mexican citizen who is also a registered sex offender who had previously been convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Illinois.
In Fiscal Year 2021, there were 488 convicted sexual offenders among migrants coming across the border, up dramatically from 156 in FY2020 and 58 in FY2019. So far in FY2022, which began in October, there have been at least 64 sex-related convicted criminals among migrants attempting to cross the border illegally.
Meanwhile, there have been 110 gang members apprehended at the border so far in FY2022. In FY2021, there were 348 gang members apprehended, down slightly from the 363 encountered in FY2020 and significantly from 976 in FY2019, leading some Republicans to fear they are slipping past an overwhelmed Border Patrol.