Revealed: Arrests of deported sex offenders, felons, gang members up 300 percent along border

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UNITED STATES- According to reports, the number of arrests of deported sex offenders, felons, and gang members, including Mexican drug cartels, continues to surge in multiple sectors along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Arrests of criminal migrants who illegally re-entered the U.S. jumped from 2,438 in Fiscal Year 2020 to 9,728 through the end of August 2021. This represents an increase of nearly 300 percent with the September numbers still unreported.

Of those arrested, 448 had convictions for sex offenses. That number is up from 156 for all of Fiscal Year 2020. In addition to that, Border Patrol agents apprehended 1,769 migrants with outstanding warrants for their arrest.

On October 6th, Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Chris T. Clem tweeted a photo of another criminal migrant taken into custody after illegally re-entering the United States. The man was identified as Edward Antonio Gutierrez-Martinez, who has felony convictions for first-degree child rape and incest.

Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents reportedly arrested a group of 35 migrants who had allegedly illegally entered the U.S. in one of Texas’ most remote regions. 

The Van Horn Station agents processed the migrants and found one to be a previously deported sex offender. A U.S. court convicted the Salvadoran national for second-degree felony rape. The sex offender has multiple deportations in his federal immigration history.

A federal court convicted him for illegal re-entry after removal as a conviction felon. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Removal Operations (ERO) officers last removed the criminal migrant in November 2016.

The Salvadoran national now faces new federal charges for illegal re-entry after removal. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in federal prison.

On October 4th, Corpus Christi Station agents received a call from the Refugio County Sheriff’s Office regarding a suspect group of smuggled migrants. The agents responded and determined that the group of five illegally entered the U.S.

During process of the five migrants, a criminal database search identified one of the men, a Mexican national, as a member of the extremely violent MS-13 gang. Reports showed an extensive criminal history in the U.S., including a third-degree assault with criminal negligence causing injury with a weapon.

The court reportedly sentenced the man to 18 months in jail, however, ERO officers removed the man to Mexico.

Within a day, McAllen Station agents received a request for assistance from the La Joya Police Department. The officers had five suspected migrants in custody. The group was subsequently taken into custody for illegally entering the United States.

Out of that group, the agents identified the migrants as citizens of Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. During processing, a records check identified two of the men as members of the Gulf Cartel. Officials stated that one of the cartel members had been active for many years. The second appeared to be in training.

In Fiscal Year 2021, Border Patrol agents around the nation arrested 325 gang members through the end of August. Of those, more than 150 gang members were arrested in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) sector. 

In California, El Centro Sector agents arrested a Mexican national and identified him as a member of the Sureño gang. The man has a criminal history including a conviction for drug trafficking in 2015. In September, RGV agents arrested multiple criminal gang members as well as child sex offenders.

Brandon Judd, President of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) stated that the Biden Administration has not implemented any new policies, programs, or operations to prepare for the next surge of migrants heading to the southwest border. 

He added that no changes have taken place within the Border Patrol since the Haitian migrant crisis in Del Rio that would help agents deal with an expected influx of thousands reported to be headed to the U.S. He said:

“We are getting 15,000 in custody every two days.”
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Illegal immigrant freed from jail now charged with murdering woman he had previously assaulted

September 28th, 2021

UPPER DARBY TOWNSHIP, PA – An illegal alien who was awaiting trial for attacking and strangling his girlfriend has been charged with her murder, after confessing to the killing and directing police to her body.

According to 6ABC Action News, Freddy Remigio Mendieta-Pando, 23, of Upper Darby, PA, has been charged with first-degree murder and related charges for the death of Karina Torres, 23, also of Upper Darby.

Breitbart News has confirmed the illegal alien status of Mendieta-Pando, who is from Ecuador.  Breitbart also reports that ICE has stated that they have placed a detainer on Mendieta-Pando, so that in the event of his release from custody, they will in turn arrest and move to deport him.

According to the Delco Times, Mendieta-Pando had been awaiting trial for charges stemming from a domestic abuse incident in July of 2021, in which he allegedly strangled Torres and punched her in the face.

After that violent incident, Upper Darby Police charged Mendieta-Pando with “strangulation, simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment.” Police also took note at the time of scratches to Torres’ face and marks on her neck.

ABC6 reports that Mendieta-Pando was released after posting $2500 bail, and he moved out of the house that he and Torres shared.  Torres subsequently obtained a Protection from Abuse Order against Mendieta-Pando, and a hearing for that order was scheduled for September 16.

However, as Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele told reporters during a news conference on September 17,

“[S]adly, the defendant [Mendieta-Pando] was able to reach her and ultimately killed her.”

The homicide investigation into the death of Torres began on Thursday, September 16, the day that was to be Mendieta-Pieto’s domestic abuse hearing.  According to the Delco Times, Mendieta-Pando went that day to the Upper Darby Police Department and, through a translation application on his phone, confessed to killing her.

A criminal complaint confirmed that the translation of Mendieta-Pando’s statement to the police read:

“I killed my partner.”

Through the translation application, Mendieta-Pando reportedly went on to describe how he and Torres went to the Schuykill River Trail on September 11 to talk about the pending court case on his alleged violent attack on Torres.

According to the Delco Times, court papers noted that Mendieta-Pando claimed that Torres brandished a knife during an argument at the trail.  He reportedly went on to say that he took the knife from Torres and attacked her with it.

Montgomery County Detective Heather Long and Lower Providence Detective Michael Nastasi both noted in their arrest affidavit:

“(Mendieta-Pando) acknowledged that after he disarmed Torres, she was no longer a threat to him, but stabbed her regardless. 

“At one point, Mendieta-Pando held his hand over Torres’ mouth to keep her quiet.”

The affidavit continued:

“Mendieta-Pando stated that he stabbed Torres in the chest numerous times, threw the knife into the Schuylkill River and concealed Torres’ body under some trees.”

Long and Nastasi also reported that Mendieta-Pando showed them on a map where the alleged fatal stabbing occurred.

Armed with this information and accompanied by Mendieta-Pando, Montgomery County detectives and Lower Providence police located Torres’ body, which was lying face-down in a wooded area near the Schuykill River Trail.

The autopsy report confirmed that homicide was the manner of death, and that Torres died from multiple stab wounds.

District Attorney Kevin Steele told reporters:

“I cannot tell you how or why she was with the defendant on the trail that day because there was a protection from abuse order, there were bail conditions that said he was not allowed to be around her. 

“What we know is he stabbed her to death and it was a brutal murder and that he hid evidence and he hid the body.”

Steele also commented on the assault charges against Mendieta-Pando that were filed just a matter of weeks before he confessed to killing Torres, saying:

“It’s a serious charge and it’s a serious identifier of danger. 

“People who are strangled by a spouse or intimate partner need to know that they are in serious danger — they are likely to be killed by that person, as in this terrible case.”

Mendieta-Pando was charged with first-degree murder and third-degree murder, and he is being held without bail.

Torres leaves behind a 4-year-old child.

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MS-13 member – an illegal immigrant – suspected in six murders in El Salvador found in South Carolina

Originally published September 26, 2021

BLUFFTON, SC- Remember when former President Trump said many of those crossing the border illegally were thugs and criminals, or something along those lines?

Remember when Democrats lost their minds and accused Trump of being a racist and accused him of wanting to turn away “desperate” people trying to enter the US from Mexico?

Yeah, so do we. 

 

One of those who managed to cross the border, among those Democrats call the “best and brightest” the world has to offer was a 23-year-old man named Erick Salvador Hernandez Bonilla.

Trying to  make a “better life” for himself, Hernandez Bonilla made his way into the U.S. where he managed to blend in after he murdered six people in El Salvador as a member of the violent MS-13 gang.

Hernandez Bonilla, on Interpol’s “100 Most Wanted List” was arrested in Lady’s Island, South Carolina, Breitbart reported after a so-called “red notice” was issued seeking his capture by that agency.

Law enforcement officials received a tip as to Hernandez Bonilla’s whereabouts, the Bluffton Police Department said.

NeonNettle reported that he was captured through a collaborative team effort of the Bluffton PD, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshal Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

The arrest was the culmination of the Bluffton Police Department’s month-long investigation, the department said in a Facebook post.

 

Interpol issues such Red Notices for fugitives wanted for prosecution or to serve a sentence. The notices are issued to alert and request law enforcement agencies worldwide to locate and arrest a suspect.

The arrest warrant for Hernandez Bonilla charged him with six counts of murder and one terrorist threat charge for his MS-13 gang-related activities in El Salvador.

“I am proud and grateful of the anonymous source who contacted the Bluffton Police Department and whose efforts resulted in a successful arrest of this dangerous suspect,” said Chief Stephenie Price.

“The anonymous source put the community’s safety above personal safety and this person deserves much credit.

“I am also proud of the Bluffton officers and investigators who worked this case to remove this individual from our community. This operation involved a network of local, federal and international law enforcement agencies to ensure our community is now safer and the suspect will be held accountable for his actions.”

The Bluffton department said they were unsure how Hernandez Bonilla got into the country, but it’s reasonable to assume he did what over a million others have done since January 20—walk across the border.

Breitbart noted that is likely what occurred, since MS-13 gang members often arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border as illegal aliens. Some actually arrive through the so-called “DREAM Act,” which allows Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) “through a federally-facilitated program that resettles UACs with family members and sponsors across the U.S.”

Meanwhile in New York this past Thursday, Eduardo Portillo pleaded guilty in Eastern District Federal Court in Central Islip to racketeering charges in connection with his participation in the murder of 15-year-old Javier Castillo, as well as conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana, the Brooklyn Eagle reported.

The plea, entered before U.S. Circuit Judge Joseph Bianco for the Eastern District of New York, stemmed from an incident where Portillo and fellow MS-13 gang members targeted Castillo because he was believed to be a member of a rival gang, the 18th Street gang.

On Oct. 10, 2016, Portillo and other members of the Sailors Locos Salvatruchas Westside chapter of MS-13 convinced Castillo to go with them to Freeport, approximately 30 miles from his home in Central Islip, Long Island, about a 30-mile drive in order to smoke marijuana.

They lured Castillo to a marshy area in Freeport, where he was attacked, with gang members taking turns hacking him with a machete. After they finished, the MS-13 members dug a hole and buried Castillo’s body, which wasn’t recovered until one year later.

Portillo also pleaded guilty to participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy, admitting that he and members of the Sailors clique conspired to distribute cocaine and marijuana in the Brentwood area to fund the MS-13 gang and fund its operations.

Portillo was arrested in El Salvador in February 2019 and extradited to the United States 18 months later.

 “With today’s guilty plea, the defendant, an MS-13 gang member, admits to an utterly depraved and heinous crime, of taking turns with a machete to hack a teenage boy to death, simply because he believed the boy belonged to a rival gang,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

“Eduardo Portillo violently participated in taking the life of another teen as well as fed the drug epidemic plaguing our community,” said Suffolk County Police Department’s Acting Commissioner Stuart Cameron. “The guilty plea is another step in the fight against gang violence and drug addiction in our county…”

This week’s conviction is the latest by the Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s Office targeting MS-13 members.

But hey, Biden and the Democrats say they’re just trying to escape persecution and build better lives, right?

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