The lax border policies of the Biden administration apparently let in a convicted child sex offender who had already been deported to Mexico into the country, where he was once again arrested by ICE earlier this month.
Miguel Angel Ponce-Mejia is a 43-year-old Mexican citizen who has previously been deported five times. He was convicted of indecency with a child in 2007.
Ponce-Mejia was arrested in Webb County, Texas after being detained and questioned by ICE. During the questioning, he admitted that he was in the country without any documentation.
“This is a great example of the excellent collaboration between ERO and local law enforcement, as we continue working together to accomplish our mission of removing public safety threats from our streets,” acting field office director for ERO Harlingen Miguel Vergara said in a statement.
In a press release earlier this month, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported the arrests of four convicted sex offenders and 22 gang members.
So far this fiscal year, Border Patrol has arrested 8,354 illegal immigrants who have previous criminal convictions, including 248 convicted of sexual offenses.
Critics of President Joe Biden’s immigration policies point out that there are undoubtedly more border crossers with criminal pasts, given that an estimated 500,000 have gotten past agents without being stopped at all.
Around the same time as the arrest, another illegal immigrant pleaded guilty to transporting and possessing child pornography when he crossed the border earlier this year.
Christian Dolores Munoz-De La Rosa, 24, was caught with 116 images of child pornography on his phone, including images of children as young as three.
His case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations Unit in connection with Border Control and he faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in November.
ICE is being overwhelmed by at least 200,000 border encounters every month, and these arrests make it clear that people think it’s an advantageous time to come back across the border even when they have been deported before.