HOUSTON, Texas — During just one month, Border Patrol agents in Texas’ Del Rio Sector arrested five convicted sex offenders in the U.S. illegally. Each of the five offenders has been charged with illegal re-entry, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Jose Castro, a spokesman for the Del Rio Sector, told Breitbart Texas that there has been an increase in apprehended sex offenders this year.
He said, “We’ve seen an increase in apprehensions in people who had been deported who had been convicted of sexual crimes. Last year, we apprehended 16 previously deported sex offenders in Del Rio Sector.”
This year, however, more than 30 previously-deported sex offenders have been arrested in the area. Four were apprehended in the sector during late August alone.
53-year-old Jorge Gonzalez-Gutierrez, a Mexican national, was apprehended by agents on August 16. According to CBP, the man was previously deported in 1991 for “indecency with a child-sexual contact in Longview.” Just two days later on August 18, another illegal immigrant sex offenders was picked up by U.S. Border Patrol agents, this time near Eagle Pass. 50-year-old Donaldo Enrique Varela-Varela, a native of Honduras, previously spent three years in a U.S. prison for “aggravated criminal sexual abuse.” He was deported back to Honduras in 2008.
Another sex offender from Honduras was arrested in Eagle Pass on August 28, CBP reported. 25-year-old Carlos Aroldo Oliva-Villanueva was deported in 2012 after committing a sexual offense in Maryland.
Two more Mexican nationals in the U.S. illegally–29-year-old Jose Beltran-Morales and 49-year-old Juan Antonio Mercado-Gonzalez–were each additionally apprehended during recent weeks. Both med had been previously served time for sexually molesting children in the United States and subsequently deported.
Breitbart Texas previously reported that sex offender illegal immigrants have recently been exploiting rural areas of the Texas-Mexico border–such as Del Rio–amid the border crisis.
Castro told Breitbart Texas, ” Individuals who have committed violence are going to go to less populated areas to try to come into the country. The Rio Grande Valley is more of an urban place, but Del Rio is more rural. People who pose a threat to our country are going to try to exploit that.”
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