U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested three illegal immigrant child predators within the past two days in Texas. (The Dallas Morning News)
All three men have been previously convicted of offenses involving a minor, according to officials with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. Their names were not released.
In the most recent arrest, agents at the Sarita checkpoint between Brownsville and Corpus Christi took a Salvadoran man into custody Wednesday as he tried to skirt the border checkpoint through thick brush. They ran a record check and discovered he had been arrested by Dallas police on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault of a minor.
On Tuesday, McAllen agents arrested a Mexican man attempting to illegally enter the country near Mission. While the man was being processed, record checks showed that he had been previously arrested in McAllen for indecency with a child, resulting in a three-year prison sentence.
That afternoon, agents near Brownsville arrested a Mexican man previously arrested in South Carolina for criminal sexual conduct with a minor, resulting in a 12-year prison sentence.
Last year, Border Patrol apprehended more than 300,000 illegal immigrants crossing the southern border.