WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) posted that within a 48-hour period last weekend agents had arrested three sex offenders, two individuals with active warrants, and a Sureños 13 gang member.
Illegal aliens with criminal records are frequently found among groups that have crossed the border illegally. A good number of them have been deported at least once and continue to attempt entry to the U.S.
Seven months into Fiscal Year 2022, Border Patrol has arrested 393 gang members, 149 of which were MS-13. The total number of gang member arrests for FY 2021 was 348.
Another concerning statistic is the number of non-citizens apprehended that are on the terrorist watchlist. This fiscal year to date, there have been 35 such individuals arrested at ports of entry at the southern border, and another 27 arrested between ports of entry. Last fiscal year, there were a total of 15 apprehended between ports of entry.
The following is a list we have gathered of criminals apprehended at the border and posted by authorities last week. While we make every effort to be thorough, gathering reports from the CBP website, and combing through the various Border Patrol and local sheriffs’ social media accounts on several platforms, there are probably additional incidents we may have missed, or were not posted.
-Border Patrol agents arrested a convicted felon who illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico through the desert east of Yuma in a group. Jose de Jesus Gutierrez Garcia, 33, a Mexican national, was one of nine illegals apprehended. Record checks revealed Gutierrez Garcia was convicted in 2016 in Los Angeles, California of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and sentenced to six years in prison. He was removed from the U.S. after fulfilling his sentence, will be charged with the re-entry of a removed alien, and faces additional incarceration.
Del Rio Sector
At 4:59 a.m., agents apprehended a group of nine illegal aliens. During processing, record checks revealed Oscar Garcia-Solorzano, 28, a Mexican national, was previously convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child in Austin in 2016. He received a two-year scentence and was deported in 2018.
Several hours later, agents apprehended a group of 11 illegals. During processing, record checks revealed Alejo Manuel Hinojosa-Olguin, 32, was previously convicted of 4th degree felonious sexual assault of a child in Arkansas in 2016. He was sentenced to 60 months probation and deported.
As convicted felons with prior removals, both men face a charge of Re-entry after Deportation, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
At 5:15 a.m., Uvalde station agents arrested a group of 11 subjects as a result of a failed smuggling event. During processing, record checks revealed that Heriberto Cuevas-Hidalgo, 38, a Mexican national, was previously convicted for sexual activity with a minor in Utah in 2015.
Agents apprehended Leobardo Reyes, a Mexican national whose record checks revealed he was convicted of online solicitation of a minor and was sentenced to six years probation.
During the fiscal year 2022 (Oct. 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022), Del Rio Sector agents arrested more than 944 criminal illegals.
Rio Grande Valley Sector
Three Salvadoran MS-13 gang members were arrested by agents. One alien’s criminal history includes previous charges for assault and battery; another was convicted of money laundering and served 33 months in prison.
Agents processed Antonio Ramirez, a Mexican national, who was sentenced to more than one-year in 2008 for indecency with a 10-year-old child. He had been removed from the U.S. multiple times.
Agents apprehended two illegal aliens from El Salvador; one is an 18th Street gang member and the other is a member of MS-13.
Agents apprehended Mexican national, Leobardo Reyes, whose record checks revealed he was convicted of online solicitation of a minor and was sentenced to six years’ probation.
Arrests of Individuals with Criminal Convictions or Those Wanted by Law Enforcement
According to statistics posted by CBP, this fiscal year to date, there have been just over 9,000 non-citizens with criminal convictions, or those wanted by law enforcement, arrested at ports of entry, and nearly 6,000 arrested by Border Patrol between ports of entry.
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Part Two: Human Smuggling
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