The U.S. Border Patrol has arrested 353 illegal immigrants so far this year who had prior criminal sexual convictions, up 542% over all of 2020 based on figures supplied by the US Border Patrol.
A large number of the detainees had prior convictions for crimes involving a minor. https://t.co/QUpiVsbWD2
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) June 28, 2021
“In all of fiscal 2020, agents apprehended 156 criminal sex offenders, and 58 total in fiscal 2019,” the Epoch Times reported.
In 2021, the Border Patrol has arrested more than 1 million illegal immigrants at the U.S.–Mexico border so far—the highest number since 2000.
Critics—even some in the leftist mainstream media—blamed soft immigration policies by the new administration headed by President Joe Biden.
“Biden, a Democrat who took office five months ago, has reversed many of the hardline immigration policies put in place by his Republican predecessor, former President Donald Trump,” Reuters acknowledged.
Despite the staggering number of illegals that have been detained on Biden’s watch, it’s impossible to know how many illegal immigrants successfully evaded Border Patrol.
Once past the border, chances of apprehension fall dramatically as the Biden administration has instituted a moratorium on illegal-immigration arrests outside of the border.
So far the number of illegals arrested outside of the border has fallen by two-thirds, with deportations falling by 50% this year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In 2020, illegal immigrants who were arrested at the border and in the interior averaged four prior criminal convictions.
“Convictions or criminal charges of the aliens arrested also included 1,800 homicide-related crimes; 1,600 kidnappings; 37,000 assaults; and 10,000 sex crimes, according to ICE data,” as reported by the National Law Review.
Residents along the border are growing concerned about the numbers of criminals that routinely cross the border—and their backyards.
“I have four daughters—does it concern me when you say there’s a 1,400 percent increase in sex offenders? Yes, it concerns me,” one resident told the Epoch Times.
“I’m concerned about the single men who are running through my backyard, sneaking,” he added.
“We’ve gone through this before,” said Border Patrol sector chief Austin Skero.
“We’ve seen these increases, these surges, for the last 30 or 40 years,” he continued. “It’s never been this bad. I’ll tell you that straight up, I’ve never seen it this bad.”