Border Patrol officials in Texas have caught a convicted murderer who had tried to illegally enter the U.S. after being deported for his crime, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a news release.
The man, an identified Honduran national, was convicted of homicide in Miami, Florida, and sentenced to 18 months in prison and three years on probation. He was deported from the U.S. later, the department said in a statement.
Rio Grande Valley border patrol agents detained him on Monday, Sept. 27, along with five other Hondura border crossers. For attempting his return to the U.S., he could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted of illegal reentry after deportation, which is a federal offense.
“The Texas Department of Public Safety is working side-by-side with the border patrol to arrest illegal immigrants, including one who was previously convicted of murder in Miami,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) said in a Tweet.
“Thousands of DPS troopers and Texas National Guard relentlessly work to secure our border,” he added.
Abbott and Republicans, in general, have been staunch critics of President Joe Biden’s goal to have more humane border policies.
Some illegal asylum seekers, such as the Haitians, were forced to leave their homeland over a series of predicaments. The Republicans argued that dangerous criminals and smugglers could exploit illegal entry to the U.S.
Border Patrol agents have discovered more than 440 illegal immigrant stash houses in the Rio Grande Valley Sector alone, so far in the fiscal year 2021, the CBP statement said. Agents have also apprehended 325 gang members, including over 150 of them in the Rio Grande Valley.
Nonetheless, in the recent crackdown on more than 10,000 illegal migrants gathering under the International Bridge in Del Rio, most Haitians, officials could not escape criticisms for humanitarian issues.
“I will not be associated with the United States’ inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs in control of daily life,” said Daniel Foote, a senior U.S. diplomat to Haiti.
Foote filed his resignation on Sept. 23 over his disappointment with how the Biden administration managed the illegal migrant influx in Del Rio.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief Alejandro Mayorkas has stressed that the Biden administration is committed to the humane treatment of migrants, but only if the asylum seekers chose a legal path.
“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed and you will be endangering your life and your family’s lives,” he said.