In the midst of concerns about the safety of minors sent to illegally cross the border both alone and accompanied, the Border Patrol reported that it recently caught two convicted sex offenders trying to cross in Texas.
For the fiscal year that began on Oct. 1, the Del Rio sector alone, which covers 210 miles of the border and reaches 300 miles into Texas, reports capturing a total of 26 sex offenders — convicted in the U.S., deported, and now trying to cross back into the States.
On Aug. 9 near noon, Border Patrol agents arrested Franklin Alexander Rodriguez-Diaz, 36, near railroad tracks in Eagle Pass.
“During processing it was determined that Rodriguez-Diaz has several convictions including a sex offense against a child – rape – in Cherokee, Oklahoma. He was ordered removed in 1999 by an immigration judge and was subsequently deported from the United States via Houston on March 11, 2004 to his native country of Honduras,” the Border Patrol said in a statement.
On Aug. 11 around 4 a.m., the Border Patrol said, an agent apprehended a group of six illegal immigrants.
“During processing, record checks revealed that Marcelino Argueta-Amaya, 59, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador was a registered sex offender,” the agency said.
“Argueta-Amaya has two previous arrests involving sexual offenses. In 1987 he was convicted by the Los Angeles Superior Court for molestation of a child and sentenced to three years of probation. In 1996 he was arrested by the Huntington, California Park Police for Indecent Exposure. An immigration judge ordered Argueta-Amaya deported in 2004 and he was subsequently removed from the United States via Houston on Oct. 8, 2004 to his native country of El Salvador.”
Both suspects face charges of illegal re-entry, the Border Patrol said.