EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – The U.S. Border Patrol has detained twice the number of criminal migrants in the first six months of fiscal year 2021 as it did in all of 2020, newly released U.S. Customs and Border Protection data shows.
Among these were 265 sex offenders, 576 individuals convicted of assault, battery and domestic violence and 982 drug offenders. The bulk of the arrests (2,765), though, involved illegal entry or illegal re-entry after a previous deportation.
The Border Patrol also reports large increases in seizures of marijuana and methamphetamine – which are the Mexican drug cartels’ primary money staples. This, as transnational criminal organizations try to take advantage of federal agents being tied up coping with the ongoing migrant surge to sneak drugs, and sometimes criminal associates, across the border.
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