The flood of unaccompanied illegal alien children crossing the Texas border comes as the border patrol is still trying to catch killers, violent cartel members, and sexual predators coming into the U.S. A recent report by U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement details how border agents nabbed a murder suspect, multiple sex offenders, and an MS-13 gang member in the Rio Grande Valley all in just one weekend. Overall, the Border Patrol reports more than 40 convicted sex offenders have been arrested trying to illegally cross the border into the Rio Grande Valley this year. Breitbart Texas reports one of those offenders was a man who was previously deported after raping a woman in Houston.
The constant need to monitor and catch violent criminals and smugglers at the border is one of the biggest concerns raised about the current surge of unaccompanied children and families. The current crisis has taken time, attention, and resources of border agents away from border security and directed it to housing, clothing and processing the children. "There is no question there is a problem at the border," says attorney Gordon Quan with the immigration law firm FosterQuan. "The border patrol is being inundated with more applicants than they ever anticipated." He tells KTRH the current issue stems from a decades-old law that allows certain child refugees from violent countries to gain asylum in the U.S. "People have taken advantage of a potential loophole, and run a truck through it that was never intended to be this way," says Quan.
Texas leaders are doing their part to buck up the border in the meantime, ordering a DPS law enforcement "surge" to crack down on criminal activity at the border. That surge will continue for the rest of the year at a cost of $1.3 million a week to Texas taxpayers. Gov. Rick Perry has also called on President Obama to send National Guard troops and authorize predator drones to help nab criminals at the border.
Quan says he's also concerned about the criminals south of the border who are bringing all of these children here from Central America. "I don't think little Johnny, little Juan, or little Maria are just wandering aimlessly through Mexico on their own, but someone is being paid handsomely to assist them in this process."