Report: Nearly 8,700 convicted criminal immigrants arrested along border over past 10 months

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U.S.-MEXICO BORDER – According to reports, Border Patrols agents working along the southern border over the past 10 months have arrested 8,691 criminal illegal immigrants that have been collectively responsible for 12,685 crimes.

The Epoch Times reported that numerous Border Patrol agents have revealed to the news outlet that “they’re apprehending between 10 percent and 20 percent of all illegal border crossers, although it’s impossible to estimate how many have avoided detection and capture.”

Yet, even with that concerning number of “got-aways”, it’s quite telling that agents have managed to arrest nearly 8,700 illegal immigrants that have previous criminal convictions.

An example of one of these arrests involves an instance from August 14th, where Border Patrol agents in south Texas apprehended two MS-13 gang members. One of the two bore a murder conviction from California in the late 1990s and was also imprisoned again in 2005 for reentry after deportation.

On August 17th, Border Patrol agents arrested Honduran national Arlin Reinaldo Ruiz-Cardona in Rio Grande City, Texas. Authorities say that Ruiz-Cardona, who was convicted of raping an 8-year-old girl multiple times in New York City, was found among a group of 46 people apprehended by agents.

Border Patrol agents working out of the Rio Grande Valley sector have already arrested over 140 illegal immigrants that are confirmed gang members tied to 10 different street gangs over the past 10 months as well.

Another example came on August 19th, where agents in Brownsville, Texas, apprehended Mexican national Marco Antonio Tellez – a man who was convicted in Kentucky of first-degree attempted sexual abuse of a child.

Records show that he was deported after serving a year in prison.

One of the most recent arrests occurred on August 22nd, when state troopers in Brooks County, Texas arrested two illegal immigrants roughly 70 miles north of the border at a rest stop.

One of the two arrested turned out to be an MS-13 member that had a 2009 conviction for sexual battery out of Georgia.

And these convictions only relate to crimes committed in the United States.

While Border Patrol agents are able to reference data captured in the National Crime Information Center database regarding stateside convictions, gathering details on an illegal immigrant’s criminal convictions from their country of origin can be a more timely and arduous process.

Acting Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz estimates that as many as 300,000 illegal immigrants have managed to slip by undetected along the southern border over the past 10 months.

While that is a substantial estimate, one must consider that since February of 2021, agents have apprehended over 1 million illegal immigrants.

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Experts warn Taliban’s release of prisoners in Afghanistan poses grave terror threat at southern border

(Originally published August 24th, 2021)

WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials and national security experts, the Taliban’s release of prisoners throughout Afghanistan poses a security threat on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

The Taliban freed thousands of prisoners, many of whom either worked directly with or had ties to al-Qaeda and ISIS, when it captured Bagram Air Base on August 15th.

Afghan soldiers surrendered the base with virtually no resistance, leaving U.S. intelligence officials with little ability to track suspected terrorists.

According to one DHS official who requested anonymity to speak candidly, the crisis at the southern border could prove an inviting target for terrorists. The official said:

“We’ve always been surprised by the countries of origin we see individuals coming from along our southwest border. It’s more than likely some Afghans will arrive now as well. It’s definitely a national security threat and the strain of forces currently along the border would make it more likely that some would slip through illegally.”

The intelligence community reportedly warned the Biden administration about terror threats at the southern border just weeks before President Joe Biden announced the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

In a classified memo, national security officials warned the White House that border patrol officers had arrested two Yemeni nationals on the terrorist watch list as they attempted to cross into the United States from Mexico.

One of the two men were also on the FBI’s no-fly list. Their names have not yet been released to the public. Senators from both parties pressed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Mark Milley on whether the Pentagon would change its terror assessment of Afghanistan following the collapse of the U.S.-backed government.

In their report to Congress back in June, the two stated that Afghanistan contained only a “medium” risk of terror groups and was likely obsolete.

Individuals who had worked on assessing terror threats at the southern border told the Free Beacon that the surge of migrants has left border patrol officers ill-equipped to face the new terror challenge. 

Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief of staff Jon Feere said that the record-setting influx of illegal border crossings will only exacerbate the threat. He said:

“When it comes to cross-border illegal immigration that goes undetected, there is obviously no background check taking place. Customs and Border Protection apprehended foreign nationals from countries across the globe and that means there are likely many aliens from problematic countries getting past the border patrol already.”

Border patrol agents have already complained about the lack of resources to adequately police the southern border. A little late to the game, but Biden administration officials are slowly starting to acknowledge the strain at the border. 

According to leaked audio, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas privately told border agents:

“If our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose and this is unsustainable.”

According to the audio obtained by Fox News’ Bill Melugin, Mayorkas said:

“We can’t continue like this. Our people in the field can’t continue and our system isn’t built for it.”

Mayorkas told the agents that the current border situation “cannot continue.” He said the federal government’s system was not designed to handle such an influx of migrants as the U.S. has seen in recent months and he was “very well” aware that the sector recently came close to “breaking.” He said:

“It’s our responsibility to make sure that that never happens again.”

While visiting the Texas border, Mayorkas announces that agents handled more than 212,000 migrant encounters in July, marking a 13 percent increase from the previous month. Some border agents expressed being exasperated by the Biden administration’s approach to the crisis.

One agent told Mayorkas:

“For those of us who have been around here long enough … we don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We’ve had this happen before. We know exactly how to shut it down. We need to make illegal entry illegal.”

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Border Patrol continues apprehending convicted sex offenders and other convicted criminals along border

(Originally published August 12th, 2021)

YUMA, AZ – According to reports, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents recently apprehended a convicted sex offender who had illegally crossed the southern border earlier in August.

Furthermore, Yuma Sector agents have reportedly apprehended over 400 convicted sex offenders since October of 2020.

During the weekend ending on August 8th, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested more than 1,500 migrants who had illegally crossed into the country. According to Chief Patrol Agent Chris Clem, one of those apprehended during the weekend was a convicted child sex offender.

While Yuma Sector agents were processing 45-year-old Salvadorian national Jorge Ramirez-Rivera, a biometric screening returned a 2012 conviction of sexual molestation of a child that Ramirez-Rivera received back in El Monte, California.

At the time of his conviction, Ramirez-Rivera reportedly served a mere 142 days in jail for the offense before he was released and then deported back to El Salvador.

However, with Ramirez-Rivera’s illegal re-entry into the United States, he could be facing up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of illegal re-entry after removal as a child sex offender.

Since October 1st of 2020, the start of the fiscal year for the Border Patrol, Yuma Sector agents have reportedly apprehended 429 convicted sex offenders that illegally re-entered the United States.

At around the same timeframe, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents in Texas apprehended two other previously deported sex offenders and a known gang member.

Border Patrol agents from the McAllen Station located a 38-year-old male traveling with a group of primarily migrant families near Havana, Texas, on August 6th.

The Guatemalan man was found to be a convicted child sex offender during a records check and biometric screening by the agents. According to officials, the individual was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor in an unnamed court, which is a third-degree felony. The individual was sentenced to two years of probation by the court.

Another group of 18 single adult migrants was captured later that day by McAllen Station agents.

Officials said one of those arrested was a Honduran national who had been convicted in a Minnesota court of criminal sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of 13 and 15. For the 4th-degree felony, the Honduran man was sentenced to ten years of probation and 114 days in jail by a Minnesota court.

Fort Brown Station agents apprehended a group of seven migrants who had illegally entered the United States from Mexico the next day on August 7th. One of the individuals, a 33-year-old Nicaraguan national, was revealed to be a previously deported sex offender during processing.

In 2008, a Ventura, California, court found the individual guilty of having intercourse with a minor who was more than three years younger than him. The individual was sentenced to ten days in jail and was placed on probation for another 36 months by the court.

On August 9th, agents from the Falfurrias Station searched the brush encircling the Border Patrol checkpoint on US Highway 281 and discovered a group of six migrants attempting to avoid arrest, according to officials.

One of the males, a Salvadoran national, was recognized as a member of the notorious Latin Kings gang after a records check. The Salvadoran man has also been deported on several occasions.

All of the aforementioned migrants could face up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of illegal re-entry after deportation.

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