According to a recent report from Breitbart News, Border Patrol agents have arrested over 4,500 “criminal aliens” since the onset of the 2021 Fiscal Year for the agency.
The term “criminal alien” is not used by the Border Patrol to refer to migrants with standalone immigration violations. It is used to reference those with prior convictions for state and federal crimes such as murder, rape, sexual assault, burglary, robbery, narcotics, and various other criminal offenses. With the Border Patrol continuing to meet the increasing demands of migrant traffic this fiscal year, one law enforcement source reportedly told Breitbart News that more than 4,500 illegal immigrants with serious criminal backgrounds have been arrested since October 1st, 2020.
Border Patrol agents were said to have arrested eight people near Mission, Texas on March 19th, 2021. The agents who ran a records check among the group found that one of the Hondurans in the party had already been arrested in 2007 by the Suffolk County Police Department in New York. The Honduran was reportedly accused of rape, forcible compulsion, and a history of sexual activity with a child. He was given a nine-year prison sentence. Border Patrol agents working near Falfurrias, Texas, had detained a Mexican national two days earlier, on March 17th, who was reportedly arrested for rape back in 2015 by the Sandy Springs Police Department in Georgia. In that case, the man was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison, but he only served five years before getting released.
According to CBP estimates, the number of sex offenders apprehended in southern California is expected to double in Fiscal Year 2021 compared to the previous year. In 2019, the San Diego Sector started keeping records of the number of sex offenders apprehended by the agency each year. Despite the fact that only a small percentage of those illegally crossing the border have lengthy criminal histories, the source that spoke to Breitbart is reportedly worried that more criminal aliens are avoiding capture. The number of migrants avoiding apprehension by Border Patrol exceeded 130,000 during the last six months. Breitbart reported that fewer Border Patrol agents are being assigned to regular duty as the agency struggles to process and provide humanitarian aid for the recent surge of migrants at the southern border [Breitbart News].
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