Eight illegal immigrant sex offenders including at least one pedophile arrested after crossing Texas border
- Four Mexicans, two El Salvadorians, and two Hondurans detained
- All had been convicted of sex crimes, including offences against children
- Four more men found hiding inside pickup and trailer in separate incident
- Further seven immigrants detained after being found hiding in stash house
A group of eight illegal immigrant sex offenders, including at least one pedophile, have been arrested in the Rio Grande Valley, border officers have said.
The men, who come from Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras have all previously been convicted of crimes including sex abuse, indecent assault and two counts of lewd behavior with a child.
In a separate incident, four suspected illegal immigrants were discovered being taken across the border inside a black pickup truck and trailer, with two men locked inside a water butt.
A dog unit alerted police to the men’s presence inside the Dodge truck on July 25, and a quick search revealed two men hiding behind the back seats, and another two inside the trailer.
The truck and trailer have now been seized by the border patrol, and the men have been referred to the Rio Grande Valley Sector Prosecutions Office, a police press release said.
On the same day, border agents from the McAllen, Rio Grande City, and Kingsville forces arrested the eight sex offenders.
Four were from Mexico, two from El Salvador and another two were from Hoduras, agents said.
All eight had convictions for sex offences, including lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, sexual assault, fondling a child, and sexual abuse in the first degree.
Acting chief patrol agent Raul L. Ortiz said: ‘Thanks to the efforts of our Border Patrol agents, these convicted sex offenders no longer pose a threat to local communities.’
Later on Saturday officers arrested another seven suspected illegal immigrants at a known stash house along a river near Escobares, Texas.
Officers set out at 6am, following a signposted trail to the house, where the men were discovered hiding inside, a press released said.
The immigrants, six Mexicans and one Salvadoran, were all taken into custody, while the owner of the property was also arrested and was found to be carrying drugs.
The arrests come during heightened tensions over the U.S. – Mexico border following inflammatory remarks by Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
In a blistering speech launching his campaign, he attacked lax controls along the border, suggesting that Mexico was sending ‘rapists and killers’ into America.
Trump has since caused further controversy by retweeting a message accusing rival Jeb Bush of having a ‘soft spot’ for ‘Mexican illegals’ because of his wife.
Bush’s wife Columba is a legal US citizen, but was born in Mexico.