by Caroline May 14 May 2014, 10:42 AM PDT
Border Patrol agents in South Texas have arrested nearly 180 illegal immigrants convicted of sex crimes since last October, Customs and Border Protection announced this week.
The majority of the offenders’ crimes were committed against children, the worst of which included “sexual assault of a child; sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14; aggravated sexual assault of a child; and aggravated indecent assault and corruption of a minor,” CBP said in a release Tuesday.
According to CBP, the nearly 180 illegal immigrants’ prior convictions were for sex crimes all over the United States. They were apprehended by Rio Grande Valley Sector agents.
In addition to the convicted illegal immigrants, RGV Sector agents also caught three illegal immigrants with arrest warrants for sex-related crimes just last weekend.
“They include a Mexican national wanted in Fort Worth on a continuous child sex abuse charge; a Salvadoran wanted by the Loudan County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia on a charge of adultery/fornication: incest with a child between 13-17 years of age; and another Mexican national wanted by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of indecency with a child/sexual contact. The three men were turned over to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office pending extradition,” CBP said in its release.
News of the apprehensions come as lawmakers expressed outrage at a recent report about an internal ICE document revealing that the agency released more than 36,000 immigrants with convictions for nearly 88,000 crimes last year alone — including 426 sexual assault convictions.