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Border Patrol agents nab a slew of hardened criminals at the border in a matter of days in the Rio Grande Valley area, just as authorities worry about the number of illegal immigrants crossing overwhelmed officers .
In a statement, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Monday that officers found a member of the previously deported MS-13 gang smuggled in as part of a group of 67 migrants.
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MS-13, also called Mara Salvatrucha, was started in Los Angeles by Central American immigrants and has spread across the continent, especially to Northern Triangle countries like El Salvador and Guatemala. He is known for his particularly gruesome and gruesome crimes, and his motto is said to be “mata, viola, controla” – “kill, rape, control”.
On the same day, officers arrested a Mexican national in connection with a marijuana smuggling case. They discovered that he had been arrested for attempted murder, then convicted and finally deported.
On Tuesday, McAllen agents arrested a 24-year-old Salvadoran man wanted for homicide in his home country after he was encountered among a group of 35 people entering the United States illegally.
On Wednesday, officers arrested a group of 10 migrants near the Rio Grande. One was a Mexican national with a prior rape conviction for which he served 11 years in prison in Indiana.
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On Thursday, officers arrested a member of the Honduran MS-13 gang with a prior conviction for assault causing bodily harm to a family member. He had been deported multiple times and was one of two MS-13 gang members arrested that day.
Meanwhile, agents in the sector found a Mexican man traveling in a migrant group convicted of viewing depictions of a minor engaging in sexually explicit behavior in 2012. Two years later he was found guilty and sentenced for child rape.
On Friday, officers picked up two groups of migrants near McAllen, Texas. Among them were a member of the Paisas gang convicted of cruelty to a child and a Honduran man arrested for homicide in Honduras.
So far, in the first five months of fiscal year 2022, there have been 3,662 arrests of criminally convicted migrants. This is compared to 10,763 for the whole of fiscal year 2021 and 2,438 for the whole of fiscal year 2020.
The slew of arrests comes just as multiple CBP sources told Fox News that more than 62,000 illegal immigrants eluded Border Patrol agents in March, averaging about 2,000 a day.
According to those same sources, there have been more than 300,000 known “getaways” — migrants who have not been apprehended or who have surrendered and passed officers — since the start of fiscal year 2022 on October 1. .
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The sources point out that the actual number of getaways is likely much higher, as these numbers only represent those known to them. The sources told Fox that the Del Rio area has the most getaways with about 700 per day, followed by the Tucson area with more than 500 per day.
There were more than 164,000 arrests in February, and that number is expected to have risen in March, with officers reporting continued high migrant smuggling ahead of the spring and summer months.