Figures represent only the El Paso area; inmates include gang members, drug dealers, child predators and individuals with warrants for murder
EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – More than 80 foreign nationals convicted or on arrest warrants have been apprehended in the past seven weeks in the El Paso area of the border patrol.
They include drug dealers, child predators, female beaters, and violent gang members. Two migrants recently met had gang connections and outstanding arrest warrants in El Salvador. Another from Mexico was wanted for manslaughter and returned to his country to be brought to justice.
“Often our officers come across migrants entering the United States illegally who have already been deported with previous criminal convictions,” said El Paso Border Patrol chief officer Gloria I. Chavez. “Most of the time, these migrants return illegally and try to evade detection because they know they will be incarcerated again if they are stopped by the border patrol.”
Other offenders apprehended since October 1 include convicted burglars, impaired drivers and those previously convicted of illegal possession of firearms and assault. Many are intercepted near the border wall, found in the desert or mountains, rescued from overcrowded rooms, and in some cases taken in passenger or commercial vehicles stopped at highway checkpoints.
The border patrol’s El Paso sector has just had its third busiest fiscal year in terms of illegal immigration. Border patrol officials told Border Report that the Sunland Park-Santa Teresa, New Mexico area has become the most active part of the area, that they have seen the number of migrant hideouts proliferate and that migrants generally try to escape arrest instead of surrendering.
“I am grateful for the vigilance and commitment of our border patrol officers to keep our communities safe,” Chavez added.