During a two-day enforcement operation that took place between December 18 and December 20, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE) says agents arrested violent criminals who were not only convicted, but were also illegally living in the United States.
Agents arrested 26 individuals, including a 19-year-old El Salvadoran national who was convicted of a forced oral sexual felony of a minor and battery by restraint. Another criminal is a 40-year-old Mexican citizen convicted of felony lewd acts with a child and continuous sexual abuse. Another is a 35-year-old Guatemalan citizen convicted of felony child molestation in an inhabited dwelling; and the list goes on and on.
ERO Los Angeles FOD Thomas Giles said, “Removing these individuals and the threats they represent from our communities is our mission, and we will continue to safely and effectively enforce the immigration laws of our nation.”
ICE ERO agents have been removing dangerous criminals wanted in their home countries after they’ve fled to the U.S. to avoid going to prison. They’ve also been arresting MS-13 gang members on El Salvador’s Top 100 list, a Brazilian military officer involved in a 2015 massacre, and those with criminal convictions for certain felonies or other crimes. These include “murder for hire, manslaughter, sex crimes against children, assault with a firearm, battery, domestic violence, drug trafficking, possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence.”
Officials are combating the illegal immigration crisis as another caravan of migrants are heading to the southern border; reports suggest there are anywhere from 8,000 to 15,000 in the group.
The Center Square reports that in a September 2021 memo, Mayorkas instructed ICE agents that illegal entry is no longer a crime in itself or a deportable offense, even though federal law specifically states that it is. His policy states: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen therefore should not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them. We will use our discretion and focus our enforcement resources in a more targeted way. Justice and our country’s well-being require it.”
Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year
The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.
According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.
ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.
Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries.
Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.
Surprisingly, ADN reports:
A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.
Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.
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