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Border Patrol arrests illegal immigrant who raped a child under 4

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Border Patrol agents have apprehended several serious child sex offenders attempting to illegally enter the United States in recent months, including an illegal immigrant who was previously convicted of raping a child under the age of four.

Miguel Vargas Mendoza, 33, was arrested by agents in Yuma, Arizona, on Tuesday after attempting to cross the border illegally. Fox News reports that Mendoza, a Mexican national, had prior convictions for drug possession and having sex with a child three years or younger, as well as willful cruelty to a child.

Fox reported that he is one of several child sex offenders who have been apprehended by Border Patrol as record levels of illegal immigration continue unabated under President Joe Biden's policies.

In the current fiscal year, Border Patrol agents have encountered 9,381 noncitizens with criminal convictions among a record 1.82 million arrests made, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In July, there were a record 199,976 encounters, with 166,792 unique encounters. Two-thirds of those encountered were single adults, and while the numbers dipped slightly compared to June, CBP is still on track to make a record 2 million arrests by the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

Those numbers do not account for the more than 500,000 migrants who have evaded agents this fiscal year, according to Fox News.

Among illegal immigrants with criminal convictions who were apprehended, 238 held convictions for sex offense in FY 2022, compared to 488 in FY 2021 and 156 in FY 2020.

Border Patrol agents arrested four convicted sex offenders in Texas earlier this month as they tried to cross the border illegally. Among them was a Salvadoran national who had been convicted for indecent exposure with a child in Houston in 2016, for which he was sentenced to 10 years probation.

Agents in Brownsville, Texas, arrested a 32-year-old Mexican national who had prior convictions for cruelty towards a child and transmission of child pornography in Florida.

A Guatemalan national, who had previously been arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious acts by force with a child under 14 and was sentenced to 22 years in prison, was also apprehended trying to cross the border on Aug. 5.

And last week, agents arrested a Mexican illegal immigrant with a prior arrest for sexual assault of a child under 11 in South Carolina. Fox reported he had been found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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