U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) over the past eight days has arrested multiple sex offenders and an MS-13 gang member, all in the Rio Grande Valley where a group of private citizens is working to secure the border.
“On Thursday, Rio Grande City agents working in Roma, Texas, arrested a Salvadoran national after entering the U.S. illegally. During processing, the man admitted to being a member of the Mara-Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang,” a press release said.
Sunday, the federal law enforcement agency arrested a Mexican National in McAllen, TX. A background check turned up a conviction for first-degree sexual assault in Nebraska, for which he served a one year prison sentence.
Hours later, CBP agents working near Pharr, TX, just miles from McAllen, arrested another illegal border crosser who was convicted in Jacksonville County, FL of impregnating a child under 16 years of age, along with battery. That man pleaded guilty to the charges and served one year in prison.
Both sex offenders were attempting to illegally re-enter the country after being deported.
It’s been a busy week for CBP in the Rio Grande Valley. Agents busted up two “stash houses” where human smugglers were holding illegal aliens. They also seized one million dollars worth of marijuana in three separate busts within a 24-hour span.
Meanwhile, in Mission, TX, just southwest of McAllen and Pharr, Fisher Industries is putting the finishing touches on 3.5 miles of border wall in what is obviously an area highly-trafficked by illegal aliens, some of whom have past criminal records for violent crime. The project was funded by We Build The Wall (WBTW), a non-profit organization whose viral crowdfunding campaign has allowed Americans to directly contribute to securing the border.
Both organizations fought tooth-and-nail against an overbearing federal government organization, the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), which is supposed to monitor the environmental impact of building projects in the Rio Grande Valley. The IBWC teamed up with the National Butterfly Center, a local nature preserve, and sued WBTW and Fisher Industries, which forced Fisher Industries to temporarily halt construction on the job site in Mission.
After WBTW was dropped from the lawsuit, Fisher Industries won the court battle, and federal judge Randy Crane lifted the restraining order last week that was stopping them from building. The IBWC, despite its best efforts, could not prove that building a border wall on the private property would have significant environmental impact.
The IBWC is a half-American, half-Mexican controlled organization that figures to be a major opponent of future border wall construction.
Still, WBTW plans to proceed, and has identified several more job sites in areas highly impacted by illegal alien activity. It plans to continue to secure America’s borders, with or without the help of the federal government.