We understand that a certain segment of the population finds the phrase “illegal alien” offensive. The U.S. Court System uses this term because it is the term used by the Supreme Court in its latest pronouncement pertaining to this area of the law. See Arizona v. U.S., 132 S. Ct. 2492 (2012). EXAMPLE: Federal immigration laws, such as 8 U.S.C. §1365, which deals with a reimbursement program the federal government has for states that are incarcerating illegal aliens, uses the term “illegal aliens” in its title and within the statute itself. An illegal alien is defined as anyone “who is in the United States unlawfully.“
TEXAS – Below you will find the latest information available for reported drug smuggling, human smuggling and trafficking, and illegal crossings over the Texas border and ports over the past week.
Most news outlets report snippets of the issues that happen on our southern border and only when it fits within their political ideology, all the while downplaying, exaggerating, misleading, and inconsistent information about our southern border activity.
Our border issues are complex, and they affect all Texans and Americans.
Texas is our home and to most Texans, the border isn’t a political issue or a tool to use against another political party; this is a safety and security issue for our children, families, friends, and local and national law enforcement.
To better comprehend the complex issues of drug smuggling, human and sex trafficking of children and adults, unaccompanied children, and illegal immigrant crossings, including child molesters, convicted criminals, murderers, gang members, where they come from, we need real numbers, facts, and statistics.
The information we provide ONLY encompasses the Texas and Mexico border.
This information has been gathered and compiled directly from information by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which is under the purview of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
As for the accuracy of the information below, we can only decipher and report the information released. Therefore, the number of incidents, arrests, types of narcotics, weight, or the street value of said narcotics is considered the minimum amount.
As you read, we hope the information provided will help all Texans and Americans better understand the complexity of our current immigration laws and policies created by our D.C. lawmakers.
All people apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure their criminal histories are positively identified.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 1-800-863-9382 or contact their website at http://www.cbp.gov.
TEXAS BORDER APPREHENSIONS & SEIZURES
|APPREHENSIONS & SEIZURES
(*Excluding narcotics. For narcotics, see table below)
|TOTAL ARRESTS/APPREHENSIONS||298- ADULTS
2 + – UNACCOMPANIED JUVENILES(“SEVERAL” WERE MENTIOND, HOWEVER THE EXACT NUMBER WAS NOT GIVEN)
(NOTE: Total included above, for more information see below)
10- U.S. CITIZENS
|GANG MEMBERS APPREHENDED
|SEX OFFENDERS (Previously Convicted)||4- OVERALL TOTAL OF SEX OFFENDER
3- OF THE 6 WERE SEX CRIMES AGAINST A CHILD(REN) *MORE DETAILS BELOW
||1- THREE PAIRS OF BOOTS AND A BELT CRAFTED FROM SEA TURTLES AND AN ARAPAIMA WHICH ARE PROTECTED AND FORBIDDEN TO BE BROUGHT INTO THE U.S
|SEIZED PASSENGER VEHICLES||13|
|SEIZED COMMERCIAL VEHICLES||3- COMMERCIAL TRACTOR TRAILERS
|COUNTRIES OF APPREHENSIONS
(Home countries of those apprehended/arrested) (USC: United States Citizen)
|ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, & MEXICO|
*PLEASE NOTE: It is not a crime to carry more than $10,000 over the border. However, it is a federal offense not to declare currency or monetary instruments totaling $10,000 or more to a CBP officer upon entry or exit from the U.S. or to conceal it with intent to evade reporting requirements. Failure to declare may result in seizure of the currency and/or arrest. An individual may petition for the return of the money seized by CBP officers, but the petitioner must prove that the source and intended use of the currency were legitimate.
APPREHENSIONS WITH PREVIOUS U.S. CONVICTIONS
|CONVICTION(S) OR ALLEGED
|LOCATION OF CRIME||SENTENCE OR OUTSTANDING WARRANT|
EL SALVADOR NATIONAL, HERIBERTO BUSTOS-BAUTISTA – CONVICTED OF AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT AND AGGRAVATED BATTERY/USE OF DEADLY WEAPON
|CHICAGO POLICE, ILLINOIS
||SENTENCED TO 8 YEARS CONFINEMENT
MEXICAN NATIONAL – OSCAR RENDON-GONZALEZ, CONVICTED OF INDECENT LIBERTIES WITH A CHILD
|RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA||
SENTENCED TO 2 YEARS CONFINEMENT
EL SALVADOR NATIONAL – NO NAME GIVEN – FEMALE – MS-13 GANG MEMBER CONVICTED OF INDECENCY WITH A CHILD
|PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA||
SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS CONFINEMENT, WITH SEVEN OF THOSE YEARS SUSPENDED. ADDITIONAL RECORD CHECKS REVEALED MULTIPLE IMMIGRATION VIOLATIONS THAT LED TO HER INCARCERATION FOR 15 AND 24 MONTHS FOR SEPARATE VIOLATIONS.
MEXICAN NATIONAL – GUILLERMO RAMIREZ-PONCE – CONVICTED OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD
|SAN ANGELO, TEXAS, TX||
IN 2002 SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS CONFINEMENT. HOWEVER, RAMIREZ-PONCE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY REMOVED FROM THE UNITED STATES IN 2017. ACTUAL CONFINEMENT UNKNOWN.
EL SALVADOR NATIONAL, ADONIS SORIANO-ROMERO – CONVICTED OF INDECENT LIBERTIES WITH A CHILD
|LOUDOUN COUNTY, VIRGINIA||SENTENCED TO 8 YEARS CONFINEMENT. ADDITIONALLY, HE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF ON A SEPARATE CHARGE OF ASSAULT AND WAS SENTENCED TO FIVE YEAR PRISON SENTENCE
*As reported by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection
WEEKLY NARCOTIC SEIZURES
|TYPE OF NARCOTIC||WEIGHT||STREET VALUE|
|HEROIN (BLACK TAR)
*As reported by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection The totals below are an estimate of what was reported by Customs and Border Protection in pounds and street prices. Street prices are determined by the purity and quality of the specific drug seized.
Law Enforcement Partnership Saved Numerous Lives From a Human Smuggling Attempt
Friday, November 6, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo North Station received a call for assistance from Laredo Police…
Border Patrol Agents Seize Over $103K Worth of Meth at Checkpoint
Friday, November 6, 2020 | EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station discovered over 21…
Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Sex Offender
Thursday, November 5, 2020 | DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Station arrested a convicted sex offender…
CBP Scoots Boots, Belts in Seizure
Thursday, November 5, 2020 | DALLAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists are always looking to intercept prohibited and restricted items before they enter…
Multi-Agencies Working Together Shut Down Stash House in Laredo
Thursday, November 5, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – Multi agencies working together, the U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, and Webb County…
Tandem Human Smuggling Attempts Foiled by Border Patrol
Thursday, November 5, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – Two human smuggling attempts were stopped by Border Patrol agents assigned to the Cotulla Station. Two stolen…
Law Enforcement Collaboration Leads to the Arrest of 63 Subjects in the Rio Grande Valley
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas – On Tuesday, Rio Grande Sector Border Patrol agents arrested 63 subjects in three separate human smuggling events…
CBP Officers Stop Man With Fentanyl Strapped to Ankles
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | EL PASO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso Port of Entry seized several bundles of fentanyl strapped to the ankles…
CBP Field Operations at Hidalgo International Bridge Snatches over $3 Million Worth of Hard Narcotics
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge confiscated $3,410,500 worth of…
Border Patrol seizes more than $1.9M Worth of Drugs in the Rio Grande Valley
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas – In the last four days, Rio Grande Valley agents have seized marijuana, methamphetamine and fentanyl in separate incidents…
CBP Officers Stop Teenager With Drug Filled Shoes
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 | EL PASO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Ysleta Port of Entry seized several bundles of methamphetamine hidden in the…
Agency Cooperation Leads to the Arrest of 24 in a Stash House
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – Working on information received of suspicious activity at a residence, U.S. Border Patrol agents, in a joint…
Marijuana Seized by Border Patrol in Northwest Laredo
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Laredo North Station prevented multiple bundles of marijuana from being…
Nearly $4 Million of Black Tar Heroin Seized at Checkpoint
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate Highway 35 checkpoint defeated an attempt to smuggle black…
Laredo CBP Officers Seize Hard Narcotics Worth Over $60 Million
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 | LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge and World Trade Bridge…
Rio Grande City CBP Officers Seize $860,000 in Methamphetamine at the Starr-Camargo International Bridge
Monday, November 2, 2020 | RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Starr-Camargo International Bridge intercepted $860,000 in alleged…
Agents Arrest Female MS-13 Gang Member in the Rio Grande Valley
Monday, November 2, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas – Over the weekend, Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents arrested a gang member and a sexual predator in separate incidents…
CBP Air and Marine Operations Rescues Downed Pilot
Saturday, October 31, 2020 | DEL RIO, Texas – Agents from, CBP’s Air and Marine Operations rescued a man, whose ultralight aircraft crashed, leaving him…
This Week RGV Agents Net Two Career Criminals
Friday, October 30, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley agents identify two more convicted felons with previous arrest for sex-related crimes…
Border Patrol seizes more than $3M Worth of Drugs in the Rio Grande Valley
Friday, October 30, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas – Since Monday, Rio Grande Valley agents seized more than 2200 pounds of marijuana and nearly 40 pounds of methamphetamine in separate…
Cooperative Action Leads to Closing of Stash House and Numerous Arrests
Friday, October 30, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – A law enforcement action between the U.S. Border Patrol and the Laredo Police Department (LPD) leads to the…
CBP Field Operations Intercepts $880K in Cocaine at Mid-Valley International Bridges
Thursday, October 29, 2020 | HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo and Pharr International Bridges arrested three people in…
CBP Officers at South Texas Ports of Entry Post Significant Increases in Methamphetamine, Weapons Seized in FY 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020 | LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at eight South Texas ports of entry seized a significant amount of narcotics, unreported…
Fast Response by Agents Shuts Down a Stash House
Thursday, October 29, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – A fast response by U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Zapata Station resulted in the shutdown of a stash house…
Mother Uses 13-Year-Old Son to Smuggle Drugs Across the Border
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | EL PASO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Ysleta Port of Entry seized several bundles of methamphetamine and fentanyl…
Joint Collaboration Leads to the Discovery of Two Stash Houses in the Rio Grande Valley
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas – On Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents working in collaboration with local and federal agencies disrupted two stash houses, which led to…
Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize $268K in Methamphetamine at Gateway International Bridge
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged methamphetamine, hidden…
RGV Sector Border Patrol Agents Locate 13-Year-Old Caring for 7-Month-Old Brother
Monday, October 26, 2020 | HIDALGO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents located several unaccompanied children, including a 7-month-old traveling with his teen brother…
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