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.
OCTOBER 12 — 16, 2020*
TEXAS BORDER APPREHENSIONS & SEIZURES
|APPREHENSIONS & SEIZURES
(*Excluding narcotics. For narcotics, see table below)
|TOTAL ARRESTS/APPREHENSIONS||637- ADULTS
(NOTE: Total included above, for more information see below)
|CHILDREN SMUGGLED INTO U.S. WITHOUT PARENTS
..(2) THREE YEARS
(A-USC: Adult, United States Citizen, J-USC: Juvenile, United States Citizen)
(All arrests were for drug & human smuggling)
|SEX OFFENDERS (Previously Convicted)||1- SEX OFFENDER
2- CHILD PREDATORS
|TOTAL ARRESTS/APPREHENSIONS OF GANG MEMBERS
||1- MS-13 (MARA SALVATRUCHA)
|SEIZED PASSENGER VEHICLES||13|
|SEIZED COMMERCIAL VEHICLES||4- COMMERCIAL TRACTOR TRAILERS
1- COMMERCIAL VAN
|COUNTRIES OF APPREHENSIONS
(Home countries of those apprehended/arrested) (USC: United States Citizen)
|CUBA, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, MEXICO, NICARAGUA, USC, VENEZUELA|
*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|
MEXICAN NATIONAL – ARRESTED, CHARGED, AND FOUND GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD.
||5 YEARS CONFINEMENT
A 35-YEAR-OLD SALVADORAN – ARRESTED IN 2007 AND CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A MINOR. IN 2007, HERNANDEZ-ROMERO WAS SUBSEQUENTLY FOUND GUILTY OF A LESSER CHARGE, THIRD DEGREE SEXUAL OFFENSE, AND WAS SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS CONFINEMENT.
|PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MARYLAND||
10 YEARS CONFINEMENT / RECORDS REVEALED IN 2007, HERNANDEZ-ROMERO WAS SUBSEQUENTLY FOUND GUILTY OF A LESSER CHARGE, THIRD DEGREE SEXUAL OFFENSE.
A 31-YEAR-OLD MAN HONDURAN – ARRESTED IN 2013 FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT
|HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS
||6 YEARS CONFINEMENT|
*As reported by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection
WEEKLY NARCOTIC SEIZURES
|TYPE OF NARCOTIC||WEIGHT||STREET VALUE|
|CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE||174 lbs.||$1,780,532
*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.
Smugglers Abandon Four Children on the Bank of the Rio Grande
Saturday, October 17, 2020 | BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Border Patrol agents locate four young children after a human smuggler leaves them alone on the banks of the Rio Grande…
A Potentially Dangerous Human Smuggling Attempt Promptly Stopped
Friday, October 16, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – With the assistance of the Laredo Police Department (LPD), Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo North…
Three-Year-Old Left In The Hands Of Strangers In The Rio Grande Valley
Friday, October 16, 2020 | BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Border Patrol Agents discover a three-year-old child in the hands of a stranger after human smugglers raft her across the Rio Grande…
Rio Grande Valley Agents Arrest Convicted Sexual Offenders
Friday, October 16, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrest two sex offenders who illegally entered into the United States…
Alert Rio Grande Valley Agents Foil Five Human Smuggling Attempts
Friday, October 16, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas – Since Tuesday, Rio Grande Valley agents foiled five human smuggling attempts and in the process arrested 40 illegal aliens…
Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize $479K in Methamphetamine at Los Indios International Bridge
Friday, October 16, 2020 | BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Los Indios International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged methamphetamine…
Stash House in North Laredo Discovered and Shut Down
Thursday, October 15, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – Working on information received of suspicious activity at a residence, U.S. Border Patrol agents along with…
Two Human Smuggling Cases Linked and a Child is Reunited with Parents
Thursday, October 15, 2020 | LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents manning the Interstate Highway 35 (I-35) checkpoint north of Laredo encountered two…
Dangerous Smuggling Act in Train Car Averted
Thursday, October 15, 2020 | LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Hebbronville Station averted another dangerous human smuggling act by…
Nearly 300 Individuals Apprehended in Eighteen Hours
Thursday, October 15, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – Within eighteen hours, U.S. Border Patrol agents worked collaboratively with other law enforcement agencies…
CBP Officers Intercept More Than $3.2 Million in Hard Narcotics Over the Weekend at the Laredo Port of Entry
Thursday, October 15, 2020 | LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers maintained their vigilance and intercepted cocaine and methamphetamine with a combined…
Brownsville Agents Arrest Convicted Child Predator
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents identify a child predator shortly after he illegally entered the United States. Yesterday, Brownsville…
Joint Collaboration Leads to the Discovery of Four Stash Houses in the Rio Grande Valley
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas – On Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents working in collaboration with local and federal agencies disrupted four stash houses, which led to…
CBP Officers at Pharr International Bridge Nab Odessa Couple with $400K in Cocaine
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge arrested two legal permanent residents…
Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Seizes more than $900K Worth of Drugs
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas – This weekend, Rio Grande Valley agents seized more than 400 pounds of marijuana, 15 pounds of methamphetamine, and over two pounds of…
Border Patrol Agents Remain Vigilant at Checkpoints within the Rio Grande Valley
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas – This holiday weekend, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents successfully halted four human smuggling cases at the Falfurrias and Javier Vega Jr…
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