Tucson border agents catch 16 previously deported sex offenders — in March alone

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
By Paul Martin

APRIL 3, 2019

In the month of March alone, agents with the Tucson Sector Border Patrol nabbed well over a dozen previously deported illegal immigrants with serious sex crime convictions who were attempting to sneak into the U.S. with large groups of migrants seeking asylum.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports agents arrested a total of 16 sexual predators at the border last month, with most involving convictions for sex crimes against children in California and Arizona.

All 16 had been previously deported and attempted to re-enter the country within large groups of migrants currently overwhelming government processing centers in Arizona and elsewhere. The arrests account only for those by agents in the Tucson Sector last month, though similar situations are playing out in Texas, New Mexico and California.

“The subjects, all Mexican or Honduran nationals, were encountered within groups of migrants attempting to enter the country illegally,” CBP reports. “Processing agents discovered the records of the subjects during biometric criminal database searches conducted on all persons arrested by CBP. The individuals had all been deported after their convictions.”

The situation prompts obvious concerns about the numbers of previously deported criminal who aren’t apprehended by CBP, especially in light of record numbers of migrants flooding into the U.S. every day.

President Trump declared the border crisis as a national emergency last month after more than 66,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended at the country’s southwest border with Mexico in February alone.

The situation is overwhelming border agents, and despite fresh resources from the White House, CBP officials are closing checkpoints and diverting manpower to processing centers in a vain attempt to keep pace with the influx.

But the problem is growing worse by the day.

“This is the worst crisis the Border Patrol has ever faced in the history of the Border Patrol and we’re going back to 1924,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd told WMAL. “In my 21-year career as a Border Patrol agent, I’ve never seen it like this and I’ve worked in the busiest locations. …

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