Border Patrol agents arrested two illegal aliens in less than 24 hours who have been convicted of sex crimes in the United States, Customs and Border Protection announced on Friday.
The two men, who had been deported, attempted to cross into the country as part of larger groups of migrants in the Del Rio, Texas, sector of the southern border on the mornings of May 24 and May 25.
The first man, a Mexican national, was convicted of sexual assault in 1998 and sentenced to 17 months in prison. The second, who hails from El Salvador, was sentenced to a year in prison in 2012 after a statutory rape conviction.
CBP has arrested in the 2022 fiscal year nearly 6,000 migrants who have been convicted of one or more crimes in the United States or abroad, according to agency data. Of those arrests, 177 have been convicted sex offenders.
The number of illegal aliens attempting to enter the United States, including those with criminal backgrounds, has skyrocketed since President Joe Biden took office. In the 2021 fiscal year, 488 illegal aliens with sex crime convictions were arrested at the southern border compared with just 156 in the 2020 fiscal year and 58 in the 2019 fiscal year.
Border Patrol has arrested 5,985 migrants with criminal convictions in the 2022 fiscal year. Should that rate of arrests continue, Border Patrol will arrest more criminal migrants this fiscal year than in the previous five.
The Washington Free Beacon has reported on plummeting deportations of illegal immigrants under the Biden administration. In 2021, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 55,590 illegals, the fewest number in five years.