Border Patrol in Laredo, Texas, announced on Thursday, June 3, that the number of arrests of migrants who have committed crimes has increased by nearly 1,200% over the past year.
From the beginning of the fiscal year (Jan 10, 2020) until now, U.S. border security forces have arrested a total of 760 illegal migrants who have committed crimes. Meanwhile, the number during the same period last year was only 60.
In a statement, the Border Patrol said: “These arrests continue to highlight the dangers that illegal immigration poses to our country.”
“Dangerous criminals such as these endanger our communities by showing a lack of regard for our country’s laws. The agents of the Laredo Sector are committed to their duties of protecting the American people, safeguarding our borders, and enhancing the Nation’s economic prosperity,” said the Border Patrol.
Border Patrol also said in their statement that they “arrested a gang member named Fidel Alexis Lopez-Mendoza at a house in south Laredo on June 2.
“Mendoza, 20, of Mexican nationality, is a member of the Sureno gang. This guy has committed a series of crimes, including “robbery, battery, interference with emergency communication, and theft of property out of Benton, Texas.”
On May 26, officials in Del Rio, Texas, announced that the number of illegal immigrants arrested for sex crimes increased by 3,166% over the same period last year. A total of 95 sex offenders were arrested while entering the U.S. border in this area.
In just about a week, from May 17 to May 24, border agents arrested 10 immigrants who were former sex offenders. Among them are Mexican nationals convicted of raping children under the age of 13. In addition, two Hondurans who illegally crossed the border were arrested. The two have committed multiple crimes, including statutory rape and second-degree sexual assault of a child.
In March, NPR reported that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said that they had arrested more than 170,000 migrants who crossed the border illegally. This is the highest number of immigrants arrested per month since 2006.
According to Washington Examiner, border security detained 178,000 migrants who crossed the border illegally in April.
The spike in immigration since Joe Biden took office has left the Democratic president facing solid bipartisan criticism.