A startling new report has found that thousands of criminals are coming across the border.
Reporting from The Center Square found that 8,700 criminals have been arrested at the southern border in the last 10 months. (Story continues below.)
From the publication:
Over the past 10 months, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents have arrested 8,691 known criminals who have entered the U.S. illegally through the southern border. Combined, they have committed 12,685 crimes in the U.S., according to federal data.
Because Border Patrol agents do not have access to criminal records from other countries, they rely on information reported in the National Crime Information Center database. Many individuals arrested by Border Patrol are registered sex offenders who were previously convicted and served time in U.S. prisons. They were released and deported only to reenter the U.S. again illegally this year.
Border crossing data from July found that the problem at the southern border has spiked since Biden took office in 2021, with the number of illegal immigrants caught attempting to cross into the U.S. topping 200,000 monthly.
“Encounters of unaccompanied children increased 24 percent, with 18,962 encounters in July compared with 15,234 in June,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. “In July, the average number of unaccompanied children in CBP custody was 1,363 per day, compared with an average of 794 per day in June.”
The Biden administration has admitted the problem is difficult.
“The situation at the border is one of the toughest challenges we face,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said. “It is complicated, changing, and involves vulnerable people at a time of a global pandemic.”
Meanwhile, in Texas, the governor has authorized the National Guard to arrest illegal immigrants.
“The Texas National Guard is playing an unprecedented role to secure the border because of the unprecedented refusal of the federal government to fulfill its obligations under federal law,” Abbott said.