Border guards in Texas apprehended three convicted sex offenders among groups of illegal immigrants in just two days – the latest sign of the potential dangers posed by the surge in migrants on the southern border.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Border Patrol arrested a group of nine illegal immigrants in Brownsville on Tuesday. This group included a Honduran national convicted in Minnesota of criminal sexual behavior with a minor under the age of 13.
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On Wednesday, agents in McAllen stopped 15 illegal immigrants – including another Honduran man arrested in Virginia and charged with aggravated sexual violence against a victim under the age of 13. He was convicted and sentenced to five years.
One CBP publication contained a disturbing detail that the Honduran was traveling as part of a group that included two children traveling without a guardian.
Later that day, border guards in Rio Grande City arrested another group of illegal immigrants near the Roma, including an El Salvadoran man charged with aggravated child molestation in Georgia. He was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison. He too traveled as part of a group that included an unaccompanied child.
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“Even as the COVID-19 virus spreads, people smugglers continue to attempt these brazen attempts regardless of the lives they endanger or the health of our great nation’s citizens,” CBP said in a statement.
The shocking details come amid an increase in migrant encounters at the border, which saw 172,000 migrants encountered in March alone. While single adults and some family units are being brought back, the number of unaccompanied children has also increased – which has overwhelmed officials.
Some agents and officials have estimated that despite mounting concerns, there are more than 1,000 illegal immigrants evading capture and making it to the United States each day.
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Meanwhile, sources have told Fox News that smugglers will dump unaccompanied children in one part of the border to overwhelm law enforcement so another group of adults can sneak into the country elsewhere – including through unfinished sections of the border wall.
CBP officials have released shocking details about what they are witnessing at the border – including videos of smugglers throwing young children over the border wall.
Earlier this week, Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero of the Del Rio Sector tweeted photos of illegal immigrants wrapped in a trailer so tight they were almost on top of each other and had little room to move.
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Most of them kept their arms pressed along their bodies to make more room in the room, which appeared to be no deeper than 18 inches.
“When the temperature rises, such smuggling attempts have a high potential to be fatal,” he said.