Public safety is threatened when the country fails to control who crosses the U.S. border—consider the devastating consequences that result when illegal aliens enter the country and commit crimes.
On Wednesday this week Border Patrol agents caught a previously deported convicted criminal who had illegally reentered the country.
“During processing, agents identified the illegal alien from Guatemala as 35-year-old Vini Santos-Lopez, a felon convicted of sexual assault of a minor under 13 in Plainfield, New Jersey, a crime for which he was sentenced to six years in prison,” CBP reported.
The problem of previously convicted, previously deported sex offenders returning to the U.S. represents an ongoing issue. Border Patrol agents also apprehended another man on Wednesday who was a previously deported criminal.
“Records checks revealed Felipe, a Mexican national illegally present in the United States, was convicted of Indecent Assault on a Person Less Than 13 Years of Age by Indiana County, Pennsylvania, in 2015,” according to CBP’s press release. “He was sentenced to 125 days in jail and deported to Mexico later that year.”
And on Sunday Border Patrol agents arrested another previously deported individual with a criminal record in the U.S.
“Records checks revealed that Mejia-Diaz was convicted in 2010 of criminal sexual penetration in the second degree (child 13-16) in Lea County, New Mexico, and sentenced to 15 years confinement. He was deported to Mexico in 2017,” according to CBP.
And while these three instances represent recent examples, Townhall has highlighted many similar cases that all testify to the necessity of securing the U.S. border—for instance, see here, here and here. These convicted criminals could never have perpetrated their crimes in the U.S. if they had never entered the U.S.