As the number of economic migrants apprehended climbs daily, those with previous criminal convictions or affiliated with violent gangs follow the trend. In the current fiscal year, according to a source within CBP, nearly 9,000 criminal migrants have been arrested. The agency reports another 279 criminal gang members were caught during the same time period. These figures contrast against 2,438 criminal migrant arrests in 2020.
The term “criminal alien” is not used by Border Patrol to refer to migrants with only immigration violations. It is reserved for those with convictions for state and federal crimes like murder, rape, sexual assault, burglary, robbery, narcotics, and more.
The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, says nearly 1,000 migrants had convictions for assault and battery; nearly 50 were convicted of homicide; nearly 400 were convicted of sexual offenses. The number of criminal migrant encounters has risen by nearly 50 percent