Border Patrol agents arrest four MS-13 gang members, two deported before

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Border Patrol agents arrest four MS-13 gang members, two deported before

Four members of the MS-13 street gang were arrested by Border Patrol agents within a 14-hour span this week along with two migrants with previous arrests for alleged sex crimes, authorities said Friday. 

Agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas say the four migrants were actively involved in the notorious street gang. Two of them had previously been deported, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release.  

No further information was provided. Fox News has reached out to the CBP. 

On Friday, six migrants were taken into custody near the border city of Roma, CBP said. One of them had an open warrant out of Orange County, Florida for lascivious battery. 

A 37-year-old Guatemalan citizen was arrested Tuesday by border agents after having illegally entered the U.S. near McAllen, Texas, border officials said. 

A record check revealed he had a previous conviction for lewd lascivious behavior toward a child younger than 16. He was sentenced to 21 months in prison in that case, the CBP said. 

The apprehensions come amid a surge of illegal crossings as the federal government struggles to secure the border. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has criticized the Biden administration for the influx of migrants into his state. 

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent looks on near a gate on the U.S.-Mexico border wall as agents take migrants into custody.
Border agents captured a Guatemalan citizen previously sentenced for lewd behavior toward a child.
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A girl waves to a young man watching from Mexican territory who said he was her cousin, as a group of Honduran asylum seekers is taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents after the group crossed the U.S. border wall into San Diego, California, seen from Tijuana, Mexico.
Border patrol agents have been dealing with a record number of undocumented immigrants flooding the US-Mexico border in Texas.
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As a result, Abbott said he has dispatched National Guard troops and the state Department of Public Safety to the border to contain migrant caravans crossing into the U.S.

“At the direction of Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas Military Department are committed to securing the Texas border. As part of Operation Lone Star (OLS), Texas DPS continues to enforce all state violations of law including, but not limited to, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, smuggling and human trafficking,” DPS said in a statement.

In addition, the state has put a $250 million down payment on new border wall construction.

A Border Patrol agent instructs a group of migrants to line up on the border wall in Penitas, Texas on March 17, 2021.
A Border Patrol agent instructs a group of migrants to line up on the border wall in Penitas, Texas on March 17, 2021.
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has deployed National Guard troops to help out border patrol agents.
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On Tuesday, Texas authorities arrested a suspected 17-year-old human smuggler attempting to bring seven migrants into the U.S. on a raft illegally. Rafts have been seen coming across the border for several months without much resistance.

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