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November 5, 2021

Border Patrol apprehends two convicted sex offenders in less than two hours

Earlier this week, Border Patrol agents near Rio Grande, Texas, apprehended two migrant sex offenders in less than two hours.

Agents encountered a previously deported Guatemalan national attempting to cross the border with a larger group of migrants, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement.

When the agents checked the man’s records, they found he was a registered sex offender, arrested in 2019 for lewd or lascivious acts with a minor under the age of 14. Earlier this year, he was convicted and sentenced to 180 days in jail and five years of probation. He currently has an active warrant in California.

In Brownsville about an hour later, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers requested help from agents after a suspect fled during a traffic stop. Border Patrol apprehended the suspect and took him into custody. They discovered that the Mexican national was convicted for sexually assaulting a 21-year-old in 2011, and he received a six-year sentence and was deported earlier this year.

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Border Patrol in Texas nab 2 illegal immigrant child sex offenders in under 2 hours

October 26, 2021

Border agents fired for ‘hateful’ Facebook posts

The U.S. Border Patrol fired two Border patrol agents among 60 participating in a private Facebook group that mocked immigrants and legislators, investigators said.

Forty-three agents were suspended without pay, 12 received written reprimands, and three received other penalties, such as suspension with pay.

Initially, the Customs and Border Patrol Discipline Review Board proposed that 24 of the 60 agents lose their jobs after media reports of the Facebook group in July 2019.

One of the fired agents posted an image of Pepe the Frog, “a symbol of the alt-right and white supremacy,” and altered images of President Joe Biden touching Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). The other posted homophobic memes and a doctored photo of then-President Donald Trump raping a member of Congress. The report doesn’t name the lawmaker, but Ocasio-Cortez previously said she was depicted being raped in the Facebook group “I’m 10-15.”

According to the report, “I’m 10-15” is Border Patrol code for migrants in custody. The group had over 9,000 current and former agents as members, including two agency chiefs.

“CBP will not tolerate hateful, misogynist, or racist behavior or any conduct that is unbecoming of the honor we hold as public servants,” the Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.

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2 border agents are fired for offensive Facebook posts

September 29, 2021

Border Patrol agents feel ‘thrown under the bus’ by Biden

According to a top Border Patrol (BP) union official, agents are upset and feel “thrown under the bus” by higher-ups, including those in the White House.

“The agents feel like — at all levels of management, from [Customs and Border Protection] to [the Department of Homeland Security] and to the White House — that they’ve been thrown under the bus,” said Jon Anfinsen, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council. “No investigation has been completed, yet you’re hearing the president say, ‘These people will pay.'”

Anfinsen’s comments come amid the highly publicized crisis at the US-Mexico border, which saw thousands of migrants gathered under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, last week. Images of Border Patrol agents pursuing Haitian migrants on horseback were widespread on social media, with some accusing the Border employees of using their reigns to whip them.

“It’s horrible what you saw. To see people like they did, with horses, running them over, people being strapped, it’s outrageous,” President Joe Biden said. “I promise you, those people will pay.”

Anfinsen said Washington, DC, “was largely not paying attention” to the situation in Del Rio, and the Border Patrol is now the scapegoat.

“They can point the blame at these agents on the ground and deflect any blame,” Anfinsen said.

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Border Patrol was ‘thrown under the bus’ by Biden administration, top union official says

September 21, 2021

Harris shifts blame to Border Patrol as migrant crisis continues

Vice President Kamala Harris said she is “deeply troubled” by the widespread images of Border Patrol agents on horseback preventing migrants from entering the US.

“What I saw depicted about those individuals on horseback treating human beings the way they were, was horrible,” Harris told reporters. “And I fully support what is happening right now, which is a thorough investigation into exactly what is going on there. But human beings should never be treated that way. And I’m deeply troubled about it. And I’ll also be talking to Secretary [Alejandro] Mayorkas about it today.”

Border Patrol agents are overwhelmed by the process of dealing with over 14,000 migrants, working 10 hours a day and six days a week. Agents told the media they were angry with the piled-on criticism from the Biden administration, accusing it of deflecting blame for its inability to control the border.

“This whole situation is blowing up and even liberals are turning on this administration,” one agent told Fox News. “[Harris] is placing blame on agents to deflect because she and Biden are not going to change how they are handling this.”

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Harris ‘deeply troubled’ by images of Border Patrol agents on horseback blocking migrants, agents respond

Photo credit: “Kamala Harris with supporters” by Gage Skidmore; licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

September 17, 2021

Border Patrol found a toddler and baby abandoned along the Rio Grande

US Border Patrol agents found a 2-year-old girl and her 3-month-old brother abandoned along the Rio Grande in Texas. The agency took the children into custody.

Photo by US Border Patrol

“A note under the infant safety carrier revealed the 2-year-old girl and 3-month-old boy, both nationals of Honduras, were siblings,” Border Patrol said in a statement. “A thorough search of the area was conducted and no additional individuals were encountered.”

Two agents assigned near Eagle Pass, Texas, noticed “an usual color on the riverbank.” The agents found the little girl dressed in yellow and pink, with her brother next to her buckled in an infant carrier seat.

“It is heartbreaking and frustrating to know that there are children being abandoned without remorse or concern for their lives and wellbeing,” the interim Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent, Robert N. Garcia, tweeted.

The children did not require medical attention. Border Patrol brought them to their processing facility in Uvalde, Texas.

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U.S. Border Agents Found A Toddler And A Baby Abandoned Along The Rio Grande

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