YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents are seeing an increase in juveniles under the age of 13 crossing the border by themselves in recent months, Customs and Border Patrol announced Feb. 17.
Since Jan. 1, agents have apprehended 28 unaccompanied “tender age children,” meaning children under the age of 13 that are not with a parent or guardian. That’s compared to 13 unaccompanied tender age children during the same time period in 2019. Tender age is a term used by the U.S. Border Patrol to describe children under the age of 13. The intent of defining tender age is to eliminate confusion and align USBP terminology with the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
The 28 unaccompanied children who have been apprehended since the start of the year came from Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.
“The smuggling of children is extremely dangerous, and that danger exasperates when the child is sent on the journey alone,” said Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Chris T. Clem. “It further shows the continued disregard for human life by smuggling organizations by circumventing our laws and profiting on the vulnerabilities of these populations.”
DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Del Rio Station arrested a convicted sex offender, Feb. 9.
Agents arrested Jorge Ramirez-Barrera, 34, a citizen of Mexico, shortly after he illegally entered the United States. During processing, records checks revealed that Ramirez-Barrera was convicted of aggravated kidnapping and sexual abuse in 2017, and was sentenced to 156 days of imprisonment. A Border Patrol spokeswoman said Ramirez-Barrera was most recently removed from the United States in 2017.
As a convicted felon, he faces a charge of “Re-entry After Deportation,” which carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Given President Joe Biden’s border policies, it is uncertain whether Ramirez-Barrera will be tried, released, or housed in a hotel at taxpayer expense.
“Thanks to Del Rio agents, this predator convicted of aggravated kidnapping and sexual abuse was arrested and prevented from committing more crimes in the United States,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin L. Skero II. “The agents of Del Rio Sector are laser focused on protecting our nation from all threats.”
LAREDO, TEXAS – While working with local law enforcement agencies, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested an individual with a criminal history of Sexual Assault of a Child southwest of Hebbronville, Texas.
On Feb. 3, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Air and Marine Operations (AMO) unmanned aircraft system spotted a large group of people walking in the brush. Agents — along with the Laredo Sector Horse Patrol Unit, a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Air Asset, and a CBP Air Unit — apprehended 30 individuals. They were all determined to be illegally in the United States and were from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Record checks were conducted on all the individuals and identified one subject in the group as a child sex offender. Eril Lainez-Corea, a 29-year old Honduran national had been arrested in 2018, convicted of Sexual Offense Against a Child-Fondling in Wauseon, Ohio, and sentenced to two years of probation. His record further revealed that he had an extensive criminal history.
Lainez-Corea said he voted for Joe Biden and was released on his own recognizance. More seriously: Lainez-Corea is being held by the U.S. Border Patrol pending prosecution of his immigration violations. He will be remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service.
YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a group of 11 Iranian citizens who illegally crossed the border into the United States the evening of Feb. 1.
Border Patrol agents encountered the group near San Luis, Arizona, on a bridge near County 21st Street and the Salinity Canal at about 6 p.m. Agents determined the group had illegally crossed the international border into the U.S. The group was. The five females and six males, all from Iran, arrested and taken to Yuma Station for processing. Iran is considered “a Special Interest Country.”
For the last two fiscal years, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents have led the nation in apprehending illegal crossers from Iran. Yuma Sector agents apprehended eight Iranian nationals in FY2020, compared to just 14 from all other border patrol sectors combined. So far in FY2021, Yuma Sector agents have apprehend 14 nationals from Iran, Customs and Border Patrol reported.
The Arizona State Senate is moving ahead with its threat to pass a contempt resolution finding Maricopa County has failed to comply with a subpoena demanding access to elections equipment and ballots cast in the November election.
The Senate introduced the resolution on Feb. 3. Timing on a full Senate vote is unclear, but all 16 Republican senators, a majority of the 30-member Senate, are listed as sponsors.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (four of its five members are registered as Republican) on Feb. 2 again refused to comply with subpoenas GOP lawmakers issued to investigate ballots and voting machines as they try to ensure election integrity.
Courts have declined to accept lawsuits questioning election integrity. The Associated Press and other left-wing media claim the courts say there is no evidence Donald Trump lost; both the claim and the alleged “lack of evidence” are false.