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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials announced on Tuesday, April 13, they discovered groups of individuals identified as “fraudulent family units” illegally entering the United States through Yuma, Arizona, over the weekend.
CBP said they found an 8-year-old girl who illegally entered the country with a 36-year-old man as an unaccompanied minor in the press release.
After the Border Patrol agents discovered contradictions in their accounts, the man pretended to be her father but later admitted that he was only a friend of the girl’s mother in Brazil. The duo was then separated under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.
In the second case, two women were pretending to be mom and daughter, but they instead were aunt and niece. Following the identified fake family group, the agents separated the 14-year-old girl and 40-year-old woman, both Romanian citizens.
Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Chris Clem told the press:
“Border Patrol agents continue to identify children who are fraudulently used to circumvent our immigration system. Through the interview process, agents are able to identify discrepancies. The safety and well-being of these children is of the utmost importance.”
Over the weekend, Clem’s squad encountered more illegal refugees. CBP announced on Tuesday that they had arrested a suspected killer and a member of the Mara-Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang who unlawfully crossed the border on Sunday night.
“During processing, agents discovered one subject, a Mexican national, had a prior arrest by the Harris County Constable for assault causing bodily harm,” CBP said of the convicted murderer.
“The subject was convicted and sentenced to 30 days confinement. Less than six months after his release, he was arrested again by the Houston Police Department for murder intentionally causing death,” CBP added. “He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to 20 years confinement. The subject was deported from the United States in May 2020.”
According to CBP data, March saw the largest number of migrants at the US-Mexico border in 15 years, with a 71% increase in the number of unaccompanied children illegally entering the U.S. March also witnessed the highest number of underage minors ever documented entering the United States illegally in a single month.
Human smugglers and traffickers reportedly made up to $14 million a day in February due to the migrant crisis, which is straining officials’ ability to deal with widespread illegal migration at the southern border.
Smugglers, under cover of night, scaled a 14 ft. border barrier and cruelly dropped 2 young children in the middle of the New Mexico desert. The girls, ages 3 & 5, were left miles from the nearest residence. Thank you STN Agents for rescuing these children! @CBP @CBPWestTexas pic.twitter.com/U91y2g8Lk1
— Gloria I. Chavez (@USBPChiefEPT) March 31, 2021
The border crisis started after President Joe Biden lifted Trump-era border measures aimed at combating illegal immigration. Biden’s policy allowed vast numbers of refugees from Central America and Mexico to enter the country illegally, taking with many underage minors.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador blamed Biden for the crisis, claiming Biden’s “expectations” have led migrants high hope to believe they would be welcomed to the United States after crossing the border illegally.
Since the immigration crisis started, neither Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris has visited the border. Harris intends to go to Mexico and Guatemala to ostensibly resolve the matter without even seeing the problem herself at the border.