Yes, There Really Are Criminals In The Illegal Alien Caravans

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Posted: Jun 22, 2019 3:50 PM
Yes, There Really Are Criminals In The Illegal Alien Caravans

Source: AP Photo/Marco Ugarte

The United States currently faces a humanitarian and national sovereignty crisis as thousands of illegal aliens seek entry at the country’s southern border. Information supplied to members of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform reveals that there were hundreds of people with criminal histories traveling within two migrant caravans.

A 2018 caravan contained 660 convicted criminals, including three convicted of murder. Another caravan included 860 with criminal histories. Here are the details:

In October 2018, CBP’s Office of Intelligence (OI) tracked one caravan estimated to include nearly 8,000 individuals that arrived south of California in December 2018. ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) established that 660 of these individuals had U.S. criminal convictions-nearly 40 were convicted of assault or aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and three individuals were convicted of murder.

In January 2019, CBP OI tracked a caravan that departed Honduras with more than 3,300 individuals. ICE HSI identified 860 individuals with U.S. criminal histories, including over 20 convicted of assault or aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, nearly 30 convicted of sexual offenses, two convicted of violence against law enforcement, and one convicted of attempted murder.

These incidents are continuing. CBP is currently monitoring another “movement of several groups ranging in size from 1,000 to 4,000” in the Mexican states of Chiapas and Veracruz.

As Congress prepares to pass legislation to address the border crisis, lawmakers on both sides of the political spectrum have voiced serious objections, though for completely different reasons.

In a lengthy tweet thread published Friday, conservative Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) warned that both the Senate and the House legislation would actually exacerbate some of the current problems.

On the opposite side of the aisle, uber-leftist freshman Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) released a statement decrying the House legislation.

Their statement calls for abolishing ICE and lambastes both CBP and ICE, stating that “These radicalized, criminal agencies are destroying families and killing innocent children.”

WFAA-TV reported that on Friday Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the deployment of an additional 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border. He blasted Congress for its failure to deal with the problem:

“Congress is a group of reprobates for not addressing a crisis on our border,” the governor said. “And we're not going to stand idly by and endanger the lives and safety of the State of Texas because Congress is refusing to do its job.”