Border Patrol reports catching dozens of sex offenders and gang members in one sector over two-week period

The U.S. southern border has been in absolute chaos since President Joe Biden entered office and put in place lax enforcement policies that have served as a sort of perverse invitation to those who seek to enter the country illegally.

The chaos has been particularly evident in the Rio Grande Valley sector of the southern border in Texas, where U.S. Border Patrol agents recently arrested at least four previously convicted sex offenders and 16 known gang members in a one-week period after they had illegally crossed the border, The Free Press reported.

Bear in mind that the report covers just one week, August 5-12, on just one sector of the expansive southern border, and does not include the total number of newly arrived migrants apprehended, how many of those had prior non-sexual offense criminal convictions, how much drugs were seized, or, obviously, how many total migrants, criminals, drug traffickers, gang members, sex offenders, or terrorists entered the country and dodged detection and apprehension.

Convicted sex offenders and gang members apprehended

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release on August 12 revealed that at least four convicted sex offenders and 16 known gang members were caught near the border over the prior week.

Two of those sex offenders were caught on August 5, the first a Guatemalan sentenced to 22 years in California for “lewd/lascivious acts” with a child, and the second an El Salvadoran sentenced to 10 years probation in Texas for indecent exposure with a child.

On August 6, a Mexican national sentenced to one year in prison for rape in Oregon was apprehended and immediately expelled. Later that evening another Mexican national who had been previously deported following conviction in Florida for cruelty to a child and child pornography.

The release further noted that at least 16 — possibly as many as 22 — known members of violent Central American street gangs, many with prior criminal convictions, were also apprehended in the RGV sector during that one-week period.

Just one week prior to that was a release on August 5 from CBP that noted how at least five convicted sex offenders and more than 20 gang members had been caught after entering the country illegally during the previous week.

There was a bit of crossover in those arrests for that week as the report revealed that at least two of the known gang members who’d been apprehended had also been previously convicted of rape in the U.S.

July statistics

On Monday, CBP issued an overview of the statistics for apprehensions and encounters during the entire month of July, and while it reported a slight decrease in border encounters from the month prior, it was nonetheless made clear that the overall numbers remain substantially higher than in previous years.

In all, CBP had nearly 200,000 encounters in the southern border region, and of those, approximately two-thirds were single adults and roughly 22 percent had been previously encountered by CBP over the past 12 months. The release further noted that as of the end of July, there had been more than 2.2 million encounters nationwide so far in Fiscal Year 2022.

Unfortunately, as long as President Biden remains in office with his lax policies on border security and immigration enforcement, the nation’s southern border will continue to be overrun on a monthly basis with a steady stream of migrants and criminals that CBP, for all of their efforts, will be incapable of effectively catching or deterring from entry.

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