What border crisis? Deported sex offender arrested in Texas after illegally trying to cross the border – again

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DEL RIO, TX- On January 28th, Del Rio Station Border Patrol agents encountered a migrant who illegally crossed the border from Mexico into Texas.

According to information provided by Del Rio Sector Border Patrol officials, the agents arrested the man for illegally crossing the U.S. border and transported him to a processing center. 

The migrant, since identified as 39-year-old Eduardo Bernal-Nava, a citizen of Mexico, had been previously arrested in 2015 for continuous sexual abuse of a child and lewd acts with a child.

Under Title 42 Coronavirus protection protocols put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all migrants apprehended by Border Patrol agents undergo a medical screening and criminal biometric background investigation prior to being expelled to Mexico.

It was during this background investigation and the records check that uncovered the criminal conviction of Bernal-Nava. The court had sentenced him to six years and eight months in prison.

In 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) deported Bernal-Nava to Mexico. Officials said he now faces federal charges under 8 USC § 1326 — Reentry After Deportation.

If convicted on the charge, he could face up to 20 years in federal prison. Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin L. Skero II said in a written statement:

“Border Security is National Security and is vital to the safety of this great nation. I am extremely proud of our agents for preventing yet another predator from entering our communities.”

According to a recent press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Border Patrol stations in the Del Rio Sector continue to experience a significant increase in encounters. 

Since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2021, Oct. 1, the Del Rio Sector has encountered more than 31,000 individuals. This is nearly a 193 percent increase over the same time for the year prior.

The journey for some can be dangerous, which has resulted in agents in the Del Rio Sector rescuing more than 275 individuals attempting to illegally enter the U.S. This is a 425 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2020.

Authorities said that the increase is exemplified by events such as one back in October 2020 when Border Patrol agents encountered a 9-year-old boy from El Salvador and his 9-month-old nephew after a smuggler abandoned them on the U.S. riverbank.

Reportedly, the two boys, who had been traveling for a month with a stranger, had no belongings except for a homemade wristband displaying a relative’s phone number and a backpack containing one baby bottle, a can of baby formula, three diapers, rash cream, and a half a gallon of water.

Authorities said that the two boys were medically evaluated and transferred to the Uvalde Station where agents comforted and cared for the children.

To date, the Del Rio Sector has apprehended over 1,730 unaccompanied children, as opposed to only 745 times this time last year, a 132 percent increase. Chief Patrol Agent Skero II said in a statement:

“I am extremely proud of the men and women of Del Rio Sector, who continue to perform their duties with care and compassion. Our agents remain focused and are prepared to overcome any challenge in the protection of our nation.”

Back on January 10th, agents at the Del Rio Sector arrested a convicted murdered and a sex offender on the same day. Chief Patrol Agent Skero II said in a statement:

“We continue to encounter dangerous criminals attempting to avoid apprehension through illegal entry.” With the safety of our communities a top priority, our agents work around the clock to detect, arrest, and prosecute anyone attempting to illegally enter the United States.”
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What border crisis? 19 bodies found shot and burned near Mexico – United States border

January 26th, 2021

TAMAULIPAS, MX – According to reports, Mexican authorities were said to have found the bodies of 19 people that had apparently been shot prior to being found inside two separate burning vehicles along a dirt road in Camargo, Tamaulipas.

While the deaths haven’t been explicitly attributed to any cartel activity, the area in question where the bodies were located happens to be not only rife with cartel activity – but is often a subject of cartel-against-cartel conflict for control of the area.

The Tamaulipas state prosecutor’s office announced that the bodies were discovered on January 23rd, with local authorities having responded to reports of there being vehicles on fire spotted in the area.

When authorities had responded to the scene, they had happened upon two vehicles still actively burning – one of which contained four bodies and the other one containing 15 cadavers. Some discarded rifles were also found at the scene.

While all the victims had apparently been shot, authorities were unable to locate any shell casings at the site of the burning vehicles.

This anomaly leads investigators to suspect that the victims were likely killed elsewhere and simply dropped off in those burning vehicles in Camargo.

One official within Carmargo, who was speaking under conditions of anonymity, alleges that the killings actually transpired on January 22nd – but that simply locals were afraid to report them to authorities.

This alleged fear from locals being worried about reporting burning vehicles to authorities in Carmago once again likely points back to the fact that cartel-led organized crime happens to be an issue in the municipality of Camargo.

Said municipality happens to be the type of area that cartels covet to gain control of, considering that it is one of the many areas that resides relatively close to the Texas border.

Carmago rests relatively close to a territory that was predominantly controlled by the Gulf cartel, but a faction of the Los Zetas known as the Northeast cartel has been working to gain control of the area.

Around this same time last year in January of 2020, a neighboring town of Carmago known as Cuidad Mier also saw the likes of 21 dead bodies – most of them burned and found in various vehicles – being discovered.

And in January of 2019, the town of Miguel Aleman had 24 dead bodies discovered – 15 of which were also set ablaze.

So, while the recently discovered bodies aren’t necessarily being explicitly attributed to cartel activity, the circumstances seem to bear a lot of the trademarks of cartel-styled assassinations.

There have been some rumors going around that some of the victims among the 19 individuals found deceased work Guatemalan migrants.

While that has not been confirmed, the Foreign Affairs Ministry stated that Guatemala’s embassy in Mexico and consulate in Monterrey were in communications with state and federal authorities to determine whether any of the victims were in fact Guatemalan.

To put into perspective, the number of cartel-styled assassinations that transpired in Mexico in 2020 were 34,523 assassinations. Just one year before that in 2019, there was 34,608 assassinations in Mexico.

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Speaking of border-related matters, we at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on numerous sex offenders being caught attempting to make their way into the U.S. via the southern border. 

Here’s that recent report. 

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Law Enforcement Today recently reported that thanks to the border wall President Trump has built, there is a huge decrease in illegal crossings and drug smuggling in the area where the wall is present. 

Unfortunately, many are still trying to cross the border into the U.S. illegally, but thanks to our diligent border patrol agents, some heinous offenders are being stopped in their tracks.  

In early January, border patrol agents stopped several previously deported sex offenders from making their way back into the U.S. The agents also stopped a fugitive sex offender from re-entering the country, Breitbart reported.

On January 15th, Rio Grande Valley border patrol agents assigned to the McAllen Station, successfully apprehended five immigrants who illegal crossed the border from Mexico into Texas. Thankfully the agents were able to take these dangerous sex offenders into custody before they were able to get back out into society and re-offend.

As is protocol, the agents arrested the five individuals and transported them to a processing station to undergo a mandatory biometric criminal background investigation.

Breitbart reported that during this investigation, the agents identified one of the men as a Honduran national.

His criminal history includes an arrest and conviction in Suffolk County, New York, in 2019 for 2nd Degree Rape, officials stated. Following the completion of his sentence in 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs  Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers deported the man to Honduras.

These five immigrants were not the only sexual predators to be arrested trying to illegally enter the United States this past week.

In the early morning hours of January 12th, near the other end of the border, San Diego Sector agents patrolling near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry came across a man who had illegally entered the U.S.

The agents arrested the 38-year-old Mexican man for “entry without inspection”, and took him to a processing station for a biometric background investigation. During the investigation, agents discovered the man had been convicted of child rape in 2003.

According to reports, the court sentenced the man to 12 months and one day in prison and 38 months of supervised release prior to his being deported.

This man had no intentions of staying in Mexico however, and again in July of 2005, agents arrested the man and charged him with illegal re-entry after removal. The federal court sentenced him to three years in prison. He was then deported again by ERO officers in 2008.

San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said:

“The vigilance of the men and women of the U.S Border Patrol prevented this dangerous individual from re-entering our communities and I am proud of their hard work.” 

During the first three months of this fiscal year, which began on October 1, 2020, Dan Diego Sector agents arrested 15 previously deported sex offenders — 25 in Fiscal Year 2020, according to Breitbart.

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