More than 700 illegal immigrants, many dangerous sex offenders, were apprehended in one night at the El Paso border by members of the U.S. Border Patrol this month.
The one-night haul of dangerous criminals was made on March 9 and brought the area’s two-day total to 1,000 illegals, according to One News Now.
The sex offenders were found to be previously deported at least once already.
The sex offenders were previously deported from the U.S. after being found guilty of their crimes, and they were apprehended in two separate groups of Central American migrants who made their way through Mexico and across its northern border with the U.S.
“Two convicted sex offenders were among those detained,” The Blaze reported. “The men had attempted to enter the U.S. with larger groups of immigrants that agents were processing.”
“Agents apprehended a group of 112 illegal aliens at the border wall near downtown just after midnight, [and] at about the same time, agents working further east were processing a group of 252 aliens apprehended at the border just west of Bowie High School,” a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) press release said. “Throughout the morning hours, several smaller groups also arrived at multiple locations along the border in the El Paso metropolitan area, [and] in just a few hours, the total number taken into custody exceeded 500.”
“One of the large groups was reportedly made up of mostly women and children from Brazil, Guatemala and Honduras to Mexico,” The Blaze noted.
“An unaccompanied 2-year-old child was also found among one of the groups,” the Border Patrol said. “The U. S. Border Patrol is currently working with international and domestic agencies in order to locate the parent(s).”
“While dealing with this influx of illegal aliens, Border Patrol agents also arrested two convicted sex offenders attempting to enter illegally while the agents were preoccupied with the large groups,” the release added. “Both sex offenders were arrested in different groups attempting to enter the United States illegally evading Border Patrol agents. Both subjects had been convicted of their sex offenses and had served time in jail before being deported from the United States.”
The numbers are staggering.
“The number of unaccompanied children – those younger than 18 years old who’ve been taken into federal custody in El Paso – has spiked by 296 percent this fiscal year over 2018, according to recently released CBP data,” Pruet informed. “From October 2017 to February 2018, there were 1,355 unaccompanied minors apprehended, [and] since October, there have been more than 5,372.”
Federal statistics on recent apprehensions indicate that the border problem is only getting worse.
“[T]he number of those captured – while traveling as family units – has exploded by 1,689 percent, according to CBP data,” Pruet continued. “Agents in El Paso have taken in more than 36,298 traveling as family units since October – up from 2,029 during the same period during the fiscal year 2018.”
The onslaught continues.
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