DOJ report shows previously deported violent offenders are re-entering US at alarming rates

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ARIZONA – According to a report released from the Department of Justice, over half of the illegal immigrants that were charged in June for illegal reentry after deportation also bore previous criminal convictions in the United States that were not immigration-related offenses.

Many of those charged were also deported three or more times, as well.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona releases a monthly report dubbed the “Immigration and Border Crimes Report”, which the report offers a breakdown of the number of individuals charged during a specified month for either illegal reentry after deportation, alien smuggling, or illegal entry.

For the month of June, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona reportedly charged 241 individuals with illegal reentry after deportation – but the breakdown noting past criminal convictions these individuals carried is very concerning:

“241 individuals were charged in June with illegal reentry

  1. 178 of those 241 individuals had previously been convicted of non-immigration criminal offenses in the U.S.

Of the 178 individuals with non-immigration criminal records:

  1. 40 had violent crime convictions, including:
  • 6 individuals had homicide convictions
  • 8 individuals had sex offense convictions
  • 6 individuals had domestic violence convictions
  1. 10 had property crime convictions
  2. 36 had DUI convictions
  3. 90 had drug crime convictions
  4. 108 of those 241 individuals had been deported three or more times”

Out of the 241 individuals that were charged with illegal reentry after deportation – nearly 74% were also convicted of a non-immigration offense, with over 20% of those 178 convicted criminals being cited as violent offenders.

And these simply aren’t crimes where the individuals were convicted in their country of origin – but crimes they were convicted of while they were previously in the United States.  

But then there is the last line noting that 108 individuals charged with illegal reentry after deportation have already been deported from the United States three or more times. That’s nearly 45% of those charged with said offense just in the month of June in Arizona.

The report for the month of May was also equally unsettling, with 230 individuals out of the 281 charged with illegal reentry after deportation that month in Arizona having been previously convicted of non-immigration criminal offenses in the United States.

In that report, 56 individuals were previously convicted of violent offenses, including 3 with homicide, 7 with sex offenses, and 14 with domestic violence convictions. As for those previously deported three or more times that were charged with illegal reentry after deportation in May, the number was 149 – that’s 53% of the 281 charged that month.

Alien smuggling charges were doled out to 74 individuals in June and 41 individuals in May, as well.

Overall, this highlights serious issues related to convicted criminal illegal immigrants trying to breach the southern border – and again, these are only the number regarding Arizona.

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Meanwhile in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has recently put into motion a unique approach to tackling the illegal immigration impacting the state – by arresting and charging those illegally entering the country with trespassing. 

Considering that most of the land along the southern border of Texas is private property, the charges being doled out are hard to combat – even when opposed by the most ardent of pro-illegal immigration activists. 

Here’s that previous report from earlier in July. 

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TEXAS – According to reports, Texas is starting to arrest illegal immigrants crossing the southern border under trespassing charges, following Governor Greg Abbott’s effort to crack down on issues impacting the southern border running across Texas.

The arrested border crossers are reportedly being held at the Briscoe Unit in Dilley, which is a prison that formerly held domestic offenders but has since been cleared out to be dedicated toward holding those crossing into the U.S. illegally.

As of July 22nd, at least 10 offenders have been arrested under this novel approach to combatting the border crisis impacting Texas. Robert Hurst, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, says that the prison facility is designed to hold over 950 inmates.

Val Verde County Attorney David Martinez says that the only people arrested thus far have been single adult males.

Martinez stated that he was advised in the past week that the number of arrests could reach as high as 100-200 per day, which he stated, “would overwhelm not only my office, but our entire system pretty quickly.”

Martinez noted that his understanding of this initiative is that state troopers would not be arresting those crossing in familial units, but only lone, adult crossers:

“If John Doe is caught on my property and he has his wife and his children with him, chances are he’s not going to be arrested. That’s what’s been represented to me.”

Considering that a majority of the land stretching across the southern border in Texas is private, any sort of legal challenges against the governor’s approval to enact these arrests would face an uphill battle since trespassing is a legitimate, jailable offense that can see offenders jailed anywhere between 6 months to a year, depending on the circumstances of the criminal trespassing.

According to Martinez, the process starts with border crossers being brought to the Del Rio jail for processing and then would be transported to Briscoe Unit within 24 hours.

From there, Martinez says that he’d likely offer most offenders arrested on misdemeanor trespassing a sentence of time served after going through the various processes, which would take roughly 10 days by his estimate. 

Thereafter, the offenders would be handed off to ICE, with a newly minted misdemeanor criminal conviction which will likely lead to quick deportations for those handed off. 

Val Verde County Judge Lewis Owens spelled it out rather clearly when addressing the legal authority for enacting these arrests:

“If you cross the river, and almost everyone down there has posted ‘no trespassing’ signs, so once you cross and get on the property, you will be picked up and taken to jail for trespassing.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said in a statement on July 21st that they have been working alongside the Texas Commission on Jail Standards and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to ensure that the Briscoe Unit prison is properly converted to meet required jail standards.

For instance, the prison guards that worked at the Briscoe Unit were temporarily licensed as jailers, additional medical staff and guards were allocated to the facility and air conditioning has been installed in the housing areas of the unit.

At least one housing area has been brought up to standard at the facility, with the other buildings at the Briscoe Unit still undergoing renovations to be brought up to jail code.

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The arresting of border crossers is the latest phase of what Governor Greg Abbott dubbed as “Operation Lone Star”. Back in March, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report of when the operation first kicked off with state troopers being sent to the southern border. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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AUSTIN, TX – Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently announced a newly launched plan to curtail and combat issues related to the smuggling of humans and narcotics through the southern border, which includes deploying the states National Guard and State Troopers to key areas. 

On March 6th, Governor Abbott announced what has been dubbed as “Operation Lone Star” – which the operation’s main focus is, “to combat the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas.”

In a statement provided by Governor Abbott regarding the operation, the following was noted: 

“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration.”

“Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans.

We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis.”

The effort will include the deployment of the state’s National Guard and DPS officers in concurrence with, “air, ground, marine, & tactical border security assets to deny Mexican cartels & smugglers the ability to move drugs & people into Texas,” as mentioned in a follow-up tweet by the governor. 

Just days before this announcement from the governor was made, even Democrat Congressman Henry Cuellar admitted that there was something that needed to be done about what was impending at the southern border: 

“We are weeks, maybe even days, away from a crisis on the southern border. Inaction is simply not an option. Our country is currently unprepared to handle a surge in migrants in the middle of the pandemic.”

The Texas Democrat made said statement after it was revealed that Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents had managed to apprehend approximately 10,000 migrants in a seven-day period between late-February and early March. 

Congressman Cuellar explained that with illegal border crossings going along in concurrence with the ongoing pandemic is, “potentially exposing border communities to the coronavirus and putting us at risk.

Right now, none of the migrants are being tested for COVID-19 by Border Patrol.”

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