Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and ICE agents apprehended a total of 11 sex offenders in April, a rate of 2.75 per week, a startling statistic that underscores the dangers posed by lax immigration enforcement and border security.
On April 3, ICE agents in Denver arrested a 22-year-old Mexican citizen convicted of felony sexual abuse of a minor.
“The wall is a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth (and many others)!”
On April 10, Border Patrol agents in the El Centro, California, Sector arrested a previously deported sex offender after he re-entered illegally near Ocotillo. Two days later, the Calexico Border Patrol apprehended a 28-year-old Mexican national convicted in California for lewd and lascivious acts with a child.
On April 13, CBP agents in Atlanta arrested Sergio Morales Soto, a 19-year-old Guatemalan national wanted in Maryland on six felonies related to rape and sexual assault. On April 14, Willcox Station agents in the Tuscon, Arizona, sector apprehended 26-year-old Jesus Nieblas-Romero, who was convicted for sexual contact with a child in 2010.
Also on April 14, ICE agents in Colorado arrested the agency’s “most wanted” fugitive, child rapist Jose Victor Bonilla-Melendez, a Honduran citizen, as well as Bonilla-Melendez’s brother, German Bonilla, also convicted of sexual assault against a child.
On the 17th of April, Border Patrol agents detained 42-year-old Amado Benjamin Gomez, wanted for sexual assault. That same day, CBP agents in Arizona arrested 28-year-old Nestor Franco-Guevara, who was previously deported from the U.S. after being convicted of raping a child in 2009.
On April 25, CBP agents in Boston arrested 48-year-old Francisco Jose Liria, a 48-year-old Dominican wanted on sexual-assault charges. On April 27, Border Patrol officers at San Ysidro port arrested Santiago Flores-Martinez, a 48-year-old illegal alien wanted for the sexual assault of a minor. Also in April, Phoenix ICE officers deported a Salvadoran child sex predator wanted in that country.
Besides nabbing sex offenders at a rate of roughly two per week in April, Border Patrol agents stopped a massive amount of drugs from entering the country.
At a rate of well over two busts per day, Border Patrol agents seized more than 300 pounds of cocaine, over 80 pounds of methamphetamine, and nearly 10,000 pounds of marijuana in April, agency press releases show. The street value of the meth, cocaine, and marijuana seized this month is estimated to be worth more than $18.2 million dollars, according to CPB.
“The wall is a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth (and many others)!” President Trump tweeted last week. ” If … the wall is not built, which it will be, the drug situation will never be fixed the way it should be!” he wrote.