Critics have complained for months that policies enacted by President Joe Biden have encouraged scores of undocumented migrants to make the trek northward in an attempt to cross into the U.S. through its southern border — and the latest headlines aren’t helping to alleviate their concerns.
Last week, authorities in Michigan arrested an undocumented immigrant who had previously been deported after sexually assaulting a child. According to Fox News, Border Patrol agents picked up 51-year-old Juan Dias-Pineda on Thursday in White Lake Township, which is located roughly 40 miles from Detroit.
“Our streets are safer”
Originally from Honduras, Dias-Pineda was deported last year after he was convicted of engaging in sexual activity with a child who was less than 13 years of age, Fox said.
In a statement put out on Thursday, Acting Chief Patrol Agent Robert B. Simon offered words of praise for his agents after they took Dias-Pineda into custody.
“Our streets are safer with the criminal off the streets and out of our community,” Simon declared, according to Fox. “I am extremely proud of the fast and professional work these Agents completed in a small timeframe to remove him from the streets of Michigan.”
Biden has big plans
Dias-Pineda is hardly the first criminal to illegally enter the country. A Fox News report published in July highlighted the growing number of dangerous offenders attempting to make their way into the U.S.
In one case, border agents identified an El Salvadoran national said to be a member of the Surenos gang who had a reportedly “lengthy criminal history in his country of citizenship, to include aggravated homicide, extortion, and illicit groups.”
They also found a Honduran man who had previously been convicted of attempted murder in Chicago and had previously served eight years in prison.
Fox also noted that in the first seven months of 2021, agents apprehended at least 31 individuals who were previously convicted for or suspected of sex crimes in the Rio Grande Valley area alone.
A downward spiral
Examples like those are no doubt part of the reason why the president is seeing his poll numbers slide; a survey published last month by Quinnipiac University showed that just 23% of Americans approve of how Biden has handled border issues.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are considering whether to pay $450,000 to family members who were separated at the border under former President Donald Trump.
The news comes as the agencies “work to resolve lawsuits filed on behalf of parents and children who say the government subjected them to lasting psychological trauma,” the Journal said.