Border Patrol agents in the southwest continue to arrest large numbers of previously deported criminal aliens. Many committed sex offenses against minors.
Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent John Modlin tweeted a photo of a Mexican national arrested by Douglas Station agents this week. During a biometric background investigation agents identified the migrant as victor Castaneda-Torres. The Mexican national received a conviction from a California court for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
Victor Castaneda-Torres was arrested near Douglas, AZ. The Mexican citizen is a felon with prior convictions in #AlamedaCounty, CA, for lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
Excellent work from our Douglas Station agents! pic.twitter.com/Ud0zh9rlhd
— John R. Modlin (@USBPChiefTCA) January 10, 2022
In South Texas, Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents arrested four deported sex offenders — three with convictions for sex crimes against children.
Rio Grande City Station agents arrested Edgar Antonio Barajas-Granados, a Mexican national, after he illegally re-entered the United States on January 7 near Roma, Texas. A background check revealed that a Texas court in Corpus Christi for sexual assault of a child. The conviction followed his arrest on a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14. The court sentenced the 20-year-old Mexican national to 300 hours of community service and ten years of probation.
A repeat sex offender was arrested in Roma, Texas.
The criminal migrant was convicted for continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14.
Three more sex offenders were arrested within the next 48 hours.
— Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings (@USBPChiefRGV) January 11, 2022
Officials report the man has a lengthy criminal record including being deported by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers.
Two days later, Brownsville Station agents arrested a Guatemalan migrant with a conviction by a California court in 2012 for sex with a minor under the age of 16 while being over 21 years old. The court sentenced the 35-year-old migrant in 2013 and sentenced him to 480 days in jail and eight months of probation. He was subsequently deported.
McAllen Station agents conducted criminal background checks on a group of nine migrants arrested on January 8 near Mission, Texas. The agents identified one of the men as a 36-year-old Mexican national with a conviction in 2016 by a Minnesota court for criminal sexual conduct with a victim between the ages of 13 and 15, officials reported. The court sentenced the Mexican man to 36 months confinement. ERO officers subsequently deported the migrants following the completion of his sentence.
Weslaco Station agents arrested a group of eight migrants near Progreso, Texas, on January 9. While processing the group, agents found that one of the men, a Mexican national, received a conviction from a Utah court for morals-decency crimes and gross lewdness. The conviction followed his arrest for forcible sexual abuse. The court sentenced the man to one year in prison.
Laredo Sector agents arrest an undocumented individual previously convicted of 2nd degree murder.
Jose Padilla Yepez, a 54yr. old Mexican national, had an extensive criminal history including burglary, sexual assault, battery, and re-entry after deportation charges. #HonorFirst pic.twitter.com/2VXhLJsi1c
— Acting Chief Patrol Agent Carl E. Landrum (@USBPChiefLRT) January 7, 2022
Elsewhere in Texas, Laredo Sector agents patrolling northwest of the border city of Laredo, arrested 54-year-old Jose Padilla-Yepez, a Mexican national. During a background check, agents discovered a conviction from a Wisconsin court for battery. The agents also found an extensive criminal history including convictions for burglary, sexual assault, battery, and illegal re-entry after deportation. He also received a conviction for 2nd-degree murder in 1989 from a Dallas court.
In the Yuma Sector, agents arrested two Mexican migrants, Luis Morales-Diaz (59) and Humberto Pacheco-Casas (36), with criminal convictions for sex-related crimes against children, Chief Patrol Agent Chris Clem tweeted.
#USBP #YumaSector agents arrested two sex offenders over the holiday weekend. Luis Morales-Diaz, 59, and Humberto Pacheco-Casas, 36, both migrants from Mexico, were convicted of sex-related crimes against a minor. They will be prosecuted for re-entering the U.S. pic.twitter.com/traIhp9449
— Chief Patrol Agent Chris T. Clem (@USBPChiefYUM) January 6, 2022
The previously deported criminal aliens listed above face prosecution in federal court for illegal re-entry after removal — a felony. If convicted, each could face up to 20 years in federal prison.