A new statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) paints a grave picture of the worsening situation at the U.S.–Mexico border.
According to the CBP, “nearly 760 criminal undocumented individuals have been arrested” in one region of Texas alone since the beginning of the fiscal year last October.
That’s a 1,200% increase over the same time period the year prior, when just 60 criminal arrests were made there, the CBP said, according to the Washington Examiner.
Border arrests surge
The surge in arrests comes out of the CBP’s Laredo Sector in Texas. Border agents said one individual who was arrested last week had a criminal history that included “robbery, battery, interference with emergency communication, and theft of property.”
The suspected gang member was taken into the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service, the Examiner reported.
But it isn’t just in Laredo that border officials are finding increasing numbers of criminals crossing into the U.S. In Del Rio, Texas, there’s been a 3,166% increase this fiscal year in arrests of attempted migrants with previous sex crimes convictions, according to the Examiner.
In their latest statement, the CBP said the arrests “continue to highlight the dangers that illegal immigration poses to our country.”
“Dangerous criminals such as these endanger our communities by showing a lack of regard for our country’s laws,” the agency said. “The agents of the Laredo Sector are committed to their duties of protecting the American people, safeguarding our borders, and enhancing the Nation’s economic prosperity.”
White House does nothing
As law enforcement agents continue to come face-to-face with criminals at the border, officials in border states like Texas are continuing to look to the White House for additional support — but perhaps unsurprisingly, President Joe Biden has been far from helpful in that regard.
Reports note that neither Biden nor his vice president has visited the border since taking office in January, despite the fact that tens of thousands of migrants — including unaccompanied minors — have overwhelmed border officials and flooded federal housing facilities.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, for his part, has had enough of the White House’s apathy. “It is clear that Biden’s open-border policies are unleashing deadly consequences right here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area,” the Republican said last month, according to The Texas Tribune.
After visiting Laredo in late May, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) had a similar message. “The Biden administration has failed us too many times,” he said in a tweet, according to Fox News. “I am pulling in all my resources to stop him from destroying our country.”