The Epoch Times reported this week that 22 wanted fugitives had been arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents in recent days.
According to the Times, those taken into custody included one person who stands accused of injuring a child, while another faces charges of domestic violence. Others who were apprehended were wanted on charges of burglary, drug possession, larceny, and sexual assault against a minor.
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The individuals taken into custody were all reported to have been apprehended at various points in Texas along the U.S.–Mexico border, where thousands of illegal immigrants continue to attempt to gain entry into the United States.
“CBP is committed to helping find and arresting these wanted persons attempting to evade justice,” CBP El Paso director of field operations Hector Mancha said in a statement on the arrests, according to the Times.
“We are members of the communities we serve and have a professional and personal interest in stopping any and all violations,” Mancha added.
The mass apprehensions come as a surge of migrants are attempting to cross the border, with many of them being unaccompanied migrant children, Fox News reports. Over 100,000 illegal immigrants were detained in the month of February alone.
Texas is among the states being hardest hit by the growing crisis, and Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has pledged to devote resources to addressing the issue.
“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,” Abbott said earlier this month, according to The Epoch Times.
“We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis,” the Republican governor added, referencing a recent push to deploy state-level law enforcement resources, including National Guard troops, to assist with controlling the escalating border crisis situation.
Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump has not held back in criticizing how his successor has handled the tense situation on America’s southern border.
“We ended Catch-and-Release, shut down asylum fraud, and crippled the vicious smugglers, drug dealers, and human traffickers,” Trump said last week, according to Fox News.
“The Wall, despite horrendous Democratic delays, would have easily been finished by now, and is working magnificently,” the former president insisted. “Our country is being destroyed at the Southern border, a terrible thing to see!”