The number of arrests of illegal immigrants with criminal convictions – including sexual and drug-related offenses and even homicides – increased in fiscal year (FY) 2021 compared to recent years, in the midst of ” a more general increase in encounters of migrants at the border.
According to data from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), there were 6,918 arrests of “criminal non-citizens” by the border patrol in fiscal year 2021 through the end of May, with four more months to register. Fiscal year 2021 runs from October 2020 to September 2021 and therefore includes the final months of the Trump administration.
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The number of arrests is already significantly higher than that of fiscal year 2020 (2,438 arrests) and fiscal year 2019 (4,269). It is just above the 6,698 arrests in fiscal 2018 and could exceed the 8,531 arrests in fiscal 2017, although it is unlikely to exceed the 12,842 arrests made in the fiscal year. 2016.
The main criminal conviction is illegal re-entry, for which there were 3,836 convictions, up more than 1,261 in fiscal year 2020. Border patrol statistics provide the number of convictions, so since some migrants are convicted of more than one offense, the total number of convictions exceeds the number of arrests. globally.
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However, there have also been increases for other more serious offenses. There have so far been 40 homicide convictions among migrants encountered at the border in FY2021, compared to three in FY2020 and two in FY19. 1,413 convictions for possession or trafficking of illegal drugs among migrants during this fiscal year, compared to 386 in FY 2020 and 449 in FY 2019.
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Migrants arrested crossing the border during the fiscal year have so far included 353 convictions for sexual offenses, up from 156 in the previous fiscal year and 58 in fiscal 2019. At the same time, there is so far. now 775 convictions this year among apprehended migrants, up from 208 this year. 2020, 299 in fiscal 2019 and 524 in fiscal 2018.
There were 541 convictions for burglary, robbery, theft, theft and fraud among migrants arrested this year, up from 143 in the previous fiscal year and 184 in fiscal 2019.
While the thousands of criminal migrants represent a relatively small percentage of the tens of thousands of migrants who cross the border each month, the border crisis has raised concerns about the number of criminals who may not be apprehended at the border – and who could squeeze through as officers are overwhelmed by the influx of families and unaccompanied minors.
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Agents previously told Fox News that smugglers will drop off groups of families and unaccompanied children at one part of the border, so adults can sneak into another part of the border while officers are overwhelmed by the initial group. And while many migrants will surrender, others will still try to sneak through Border Patrol
“The cunning, the cunning and the most dangerous try to escape apprehension and they also assess tens of thousands of them on a monthly basis, and all of this is controlled … by the Mexican criminal cartels who make hundreds of millions of dollars a month with that, ”Representative Bob Good, R-Va., told Fox News this week after a visit to the border.
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