TUCSON, AZ - As the southern border continues to be overwhelmed with no help in sight, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has called for reinforcements to assist agents who are being overrun by illegal aliens at the southern border, in particular in Arizona, according to an internal message sent to agency officials and obtained exclusively by the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF).
DCNF said according to the memo, agents from the Douglas, AZ station are being called to assist agents at the Tucson processing center, which temporarily holds illegals that cross the border into Arizona. As of Sunday evening, Border Patrol had approximately 4,600 illegal aliens in custody in the Tucson sector alone, compared with a total of nearly 20,000 nationwide, according to two Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.
Douglas agents are being called up for “processing and transportation support,” the memo read. The assignments also include sending specialized units, such as horse patrols, and manning sensors to detect illegal aliens fleeing from law enforcement.
“Until further notice, all specialty units (Sensors, HPU, BCL) will report to the Douglas Station and attend musters on their scheduled shifts,” the memo reads. “HPU will maintain one agent to care for the horses, but all others will be deployed as needed by the Watch Commander.”
So bad has it gotten in the Tucson sector that the Tucson Border Patrol announced that they were temporarily scuttling its social media presence this past weekend.
“In light of the ongoing migration surge, all Tucson Sector Border Patrol social media accounts will be paused until further notice,” the announcement read. “We appreciate your understanding and continued support during this challenging time. Honor First.”
CBP has recorded a record number of illegal alien immigration at the southern border over recent years or since Biden was inaugurated. In FY-2022, Border Patrol encounters exceeded 2.2 million, followed by another two million in 2023. That does not include so-called “got-aways.”
“This is embarrassing,” one of the DHS officials told DCNF, placing the blame squarely on the Biden administration.
“Everybody is getting pulled off the line for processing,” the official added.
CBP didn’t immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
Meanwhile, Just the News reported that rapists and sex offenders are among those who have crossed into the United States illegally, according to CBP. They often enter the U.S. illegally to avoid punishment in their home countries. However, they don’t change their stripes and often commit the same types of violent crimes in the U.S., then attempt to flee back to their home country, CBP agents said.
As an example, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ICE-ERO) agents in Boston arrested a Brazilian man who entered the U.S. illegally and was wanted in his home country for raping a five-year-old.
He was arrested on Nov. 14 on tony Martha’s Vineyard, summer home of Barack Obama, in West Tisbury, MA. Before entering the U.S. during a previous administration, the suspect was convicted on multiple counts of child rape. After his convictions and before he was sentenced to fourteen years in jail, he fled to the United States, where he entered illegally.
According to ICE, the suspect “illegally entered the United States on an unknown date at an unknown location without being inspected or admitted by an immigration official.”
The Center Square reported that he is one of the millions of gotaways who illegally entered the United States between ports of entry in an intentional attempt to avoid detection. Law enforcement officials have yet to learn exactly how many entered the U.S., nor who or where they are. They are among an estimated 1.7 million that have entered the U.S. under the watch of Joe Biden and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Just the News reported that after failing to appear for his sentencing, the 2nd Criminal Court of Sorriso in Brazil issued a warrant for his arrest.
It wasn’t until over four years later–Sept. 28, 2023–that ICE learned where he was in the U.S. Yet even after becoming aware of his location in Martha’s Vineyard, it took another six weeks to take him into custody. It took a vehicle stop for him to be taken into custody. He was served a notice to appear and remains in ERO custody pending his removal.
“This undocumented Brazilian national represented a significant threat to the inhabitants of Martha’s Vineyard,” ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons said. “He sexually assaulted a five-year-old child in his homeland and then ran from authorities when held accountable for his actions. ERO Boston will not allow such predators to threaten our residents. We will continue to apprehend and remove anyone who attempts to use our New England community as a refuge from justice.”
In another such case, border patrol agents arrested two men from El Salvador wanted for rape in Maryland who were trying to flee the United States and head back to their home country. One was in the U.S. illegally and had previous removal orders, while the other had lawful permanent residence status. Both are now being processed for removal. They were apprehended at Washington Dulles International Airport in October.
The illegal Salvadoran man, 53, was arrested in Montgomery County, Maryland, with a warrant for felony second-degree rape and sexual abuse of a minor. He was previously ordered removed from the U.S. by an immigration judge in 2006.
The second, also 53, had a warrant out for his arrest in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for second-degree rape.
Critics argue that their plan to flee back to their home country of El Salvador proves that claims they made to attempt to stay in the U.S. were bogus because after being caught committing a crime, they tried to flee back to the country from which they sought “refuge.”
Those arrests came shortly after ICE-ERO agents arrested two violent criminals, also from El Salvador and Brazil. One, an MS-13 gang member, was on El Salvador’s Top 100 list, and the other was a Brazilian military officer involved in a 2015 massacre. They were apprehended in Alabama and New Hampshire.
According to statistics, ICE-ERO agents arrested 46,396 illegal foreign nationals with criminal histories in FY-2022, including 198,498 associated charges and convictions. Among those charges and convictions were 21,351 assault offenses, 8,164 sex and sex assault offenses; 5,554 weapons offenses; 1,501 homicide-related offenses; and 1,114 kidnapping offenses.
In FY-2022, ICE-ERO agents conducted 72,177 removals to over 150 countries.