Yuma Sector Sees Increased Apprehensions of Unaccompanied Juveniles Under 13

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, Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Sex Offender

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.”