Where’s the media? Border Patrol in CA and TX apprehend convicted sex offenders and gang members

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EDINBURG, TX – Recent apprehensions enacted by the Border Patrol agents in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and California’s El Centro Sector saw the likes of convicted sex offenders and felonious gang members taken into custody.

These various apprehensions all occurred within a 72-hour period spanning from April 9th to the 11th.

On April 9th, a male Salvadoran national was apprehended by Fort Brown Border Patrol agents near Brownsville, Texas.

After a records check was run on the Salvadoran national, the subject, later identified as Nelson Guzman-Gomez, was previously convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14 in Harris County, Texas.

Guzman-Gomez was said to have been found guilty of the offense and was sentenced to five years in prison.

On that same day, a group of 14 illegal immigrants was apprehended near Hidalgo, Texas, by McAllen Border Patrol agents.

Agents learned during processing that one of the subjects, a Honduran national, had been previously arrested by the Brooklyn Park Police Department in New York back in 2018.

The subject was charged with criminal sexual conduct, a third-degree felony, by the BPPD. After being found guilty, the subject was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

On April 10th, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Falfurrias station arrested an individual attempting to avoid an immigration checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas.

Border Patrol agents later found that the subject had been previously arrested for attempted sexual assault in the first degree by the Englewood Police Department in Bergen, New Jersey, according to records.

The defendant was found guilty and sentenced to nine years in prison.

That same day, an individual from El Salvador was also arrested by McAllen Border Patrol agents, and records showed that he’s a member of MS-13. According to reports, the subject was taken to the McAllen Border Patrol Station for questioning and processing.

On April 11th at approximately 10:54 p.m. in California, a man was apprehended by Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station roughly 18 miles east of the Calexico Port of Entry.

The man was taken to the El Centro Processing Center to be screened for immigration and criminal records.

The individual was identified as a 41-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico who is allegedly a Paisas gang member with a lengthy criminal history. Officials say that he has a long list of felony convictions, which include grand theft, robbery, evasion, and re-entry of a deported felon.

Where's the media? Border Patrol in CA and TX apprehend convicted sex offenders and gang members
Image of illegal immigrant apprehended by Border Patrol agents assigned to Calexico Station – courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Previous offenses the illegal immigrant was convicted of showed he’d spent over eight years in prison for his prior offenses. Furthermore, an immigration judge had ordered him formally removed from the country back in August of 2004.

With the individual being a convicted felon arrested for illegal re-entry after deportation, he could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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In other news related to immigration, the numbers are in with respect to the costs associated with housing and care of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the southern border – costing millions per day. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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WASHINGTON, DC – According to a report from CNN, the Biden administration is spending at least $62 million a week to help house and care for unaccompanied migrant children that are currently in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Since the beginning of March, the Department of Health and Human Services collectively announced or opened 11 new facilities, with reportedly more to come in the future, as a means to transfer unaccompanied minor migrants out of Border Patrol stations and into facilities more appropriate for children.

Locations such as convention centers and military sites are among these sorts of facilities being retrofitted to address the surge of unaccompanied minor migrants that have crossed into the country.

Reportedly, the daily cost to house these unaccompanied minors winds up costing over twice as much than that of the department’s already formed shelter program, coming in at approximately $775 per day, per minor – as opposed to it traditionally costing around $290 per day.

From what the Department of Health and Human Services says of the inflated expenditures, the increased costs are predominantly due to the agency having to quickly develop these facilities and hire staff in a relatively short period of time.

These temporary facilities that are being erected will reportedly afford an additional 16,000 beds to help accommodate and care for these unaccompanied minors; that figure is in concurrence with the already established 13,721 beds present within the department’s permanent shelter program.

As of April 8th, there were reportedly 8,124 unaccompanied minors settled into these temporary facilities, as well as 8,876 unaccompanied minors occupying beds in the department’s permanent shelter program.

Furthermore, as of April 8th, there were still at least 3,881 unaccompanied minor migrants still in the custody Customs and Border Protection – an agency simply not equipped to properly care for and house children.

Despite these ballooning costs associated with housing unaccompanied minor migrants, White House officials say that there are currently no plans to approach Congress seeking additional funding for this endeavor.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection data showed that just in the month of March the agency had encountered 18,890 unaccompanied minor migrants, which served as a record high for the agency.

That March figure was also nearly double the number of unaccompanied minor apprehensions that transpired in February.

While agencies are working their best to address the issues affecting the southern border, the fact of the matter is that unaccompanied minor migrants are being encountered and apprehended daily at a rate that surpasses the number being discharged daily from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Mark Greenberg, a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute and former HHS official, commented on the conundrum the agency is experiencing in light of the border crisis:

“The basic problem right now is that each day more children are arriving than are being released to parents and sponsors. There will keep being a need for more capacity, unless either the number of arriving children goes down or HHS is able to more quickly release children.

“The important thing it’s accomplishing is helping to get children out of CBP holding facilities, which are severely crowded, not a good place for children during any circumstances, particularly so during the pandemic.”

The speed in which the Department of Health and Human Services can discharge unaccompanied minor migrants to a guardian is highly contingent upon whether or not the child already has a living relative in the United states or not.

For instances when unaccompanied minors have a parent or guardian in the United states, their average length of stay in HHS custody is about 25 days. However, when it relates to a sponsor with no relation or a “distant relative,” that average length of stay can increase to up to 54 days in HHS custody.

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