Two illegal immigrants who were previously deported for sexually assaulting children were arrested within two hours of each other in the Rio Grande Valley on Monday.
Customs and Border Protection disclosed that one of the illegal immigrant sex offenders originally hails from Guatemala and was found with a group of other migrants trying to enter the United States through the southern border near Rio Grande City, Texas. Following his arrest, Border Patrol agents found that he was arrested in 2019 by the Los Angeles Police Department for lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14. He served 180 days in prison for the crime before his deportation.
Roughly one hour later, according to CBP, officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety asked for assistance from Border Patrol agents in Fort Brown after a suspected illegal immigrant fled from his vehicle during a traffic stop. Following his detainment, Border Patrol officials determined he was a Mexican national who was convicted in 2011 for the sexual assault of a 12-year-old child in Brownsville, Texas. He was sentenced to six years in prison and deported earlier this year.
The news of the arrest of the two illegal aliens comes as President Joe Biden has failed to resolve the crisis at the southern border, which has seen an all-time-high number of illegal immigrants attempting to cross into the country. The White House says it is committed to reforming the nation's immigration laws to be more liberal and welcoming. Since the beginning of his first term in office Biden has attempted to dramatically roll back a number of his predecessor's policies designed to curb illegal immigration, such as eliminating the "Remain in Mexico" policy and creating a number of exemptions to Title 42, a Centers for Disease Control provision that allows the United States to turn away any migrant during a health crisis.
Border Patrol agents saw a total of 1,662,167 encounters with illegal immigrants in the 2021 fiscal year, compared with 405,036 in 2020. According to data provided by CBP, Border Patrol agents encountered 10,763 illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds in the 2021 fiscal year, up from 2,438 in 2020 and 4,269 in 2019. Border Patrol agents encountered 1,904 illegal immigrants with outstanding warrants in 2021, down from 2,054 in 2020.
Of the illegal immigrants apprehended with a criminal background in the 2021 fiscal year, 488 of them were for sexual offenses. That number is more than three times the amount of illegal immigrants apprehended with sex crime convictions when compared with the previous year.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector has transformed into the center of the immigration crisis under the Biden administration, where thousands of migrants attempt to enter the United States each month. No other sector along the southwest border saw as many illegal immigrants, with one-third of all illegal immigrant encounters taking place there.