U.S. Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) has deported more than 860 sex offenders from the State of Texas this year, according to an official press release from the agency. More than 7,000 sex offenders have been deported from Texas alone in the past three years.
The release reveals 27% of the deported 860+ alien sex offenders from the past three months committed sex offenses against children.
Though some may take the frightening numbers of sex offenders who have crossed into the U.S. and been deported as an indication of a job well done by ICE, a recent investigative Breitbart News report indicates a more concerning possibility–the sex offenders illegally entering the U.S. through the porous U.S./Mexico border are possibly being deported and coming right back to offend again.
In a December 4, 2013 article titled “Illegal Alien Sex Offender to be Sent Home after Latest Illegal Entry,” Breitbart News outlined the story of an illegal immigrant who entered the U.S., was deported, immediately re-entered and was arrested and served 18 months for illegal re-entry. He was then deported again after his sentence, immediately re-entered and sexually assaulted a woman in Houston, Texas, served time in prison for that crime, and then was deported again. He then immediately re-entered illegally and was caught crossing the border. Instead of going to prison again for re-entry after deportation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) was set to simply deport him without consequence.
In that instance, the official CBP press release described the habitual criminal and sex offender as an “undocumented immigrant” and a spokesman for the CBP) stated to Breitbart News, “He has served his time for his crimes in the U.S., so all we can do is deport him.”
This case gave concern that illegal immigrants who had previously been deported–even if they clearly posed a sexual assault threat to U.S. women and children–were no longer routinely being sentenced for the crime of illegal re-entry.
The official ICE press release referenced above reveals that it is against U.S. government policy to share the names of illegal aliens convicted of sex offenses who were deported. ICE asserts, “In accordance with Department of Homeland Security privacy policies, ICE cannot include the names of those deported.”
No information is available regarding how many of the 7,000+ deported sex offenders in the past three years have illegally entered or have been deported previously. Some areas of Texas along the U.S./Mexico border have seen a 100% increase in convicted sex offenders being caught crossing the border between 2013 and 2014.
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