By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) While crime may be down in parts of the United States over the past decade, our country is anything but crime-free, so we don’t really have any need to import it.
And yet, that’s what’s happening, according to statistics provided to Congress by the Department of Homeland Security.
Hundreds of illegal alien migrants attempting to cross from Mexico already have criminal records in the United States, DHS documents provided to HouseÂ Oversight Committee Republicans in May show,Â Fox News reports.
According to internal data, more than 1,000 migrants traveling as part of caravans to the border within the past nine months had â€œU.S. criminal histories,” while hundreds more had â€œU.S. criminal convictions.â€
The network noted further:
The files detailed one migrant caravan of nearly 8,000 individuals that started toward the border in October 2018 and arrived south of California by December. According to U.S. ImmigrationÂ and Customs Enforcement (ICE),Â 660 of themÂ had U.S. criminal convictionsâ€”with 40 convicted of assault or aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and three convicted of murder.
In January 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tracked another caravan that left Honduras with more than 3,300 migrants. ICEâ€™s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) team identified that 860 of those individuals had U.S. criminal histories, including more than 20 convicted of assault or aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, nearly 30 convicted of sexual offenses, two convicted of violence against law enforcement, and one convicted of attempted murder.
The documents, provided to House Oversight Republicans, also revealed that CBP is currently monitoring another â€œmovement of several groups ranging in size from 1,000 to 4,000â€ in the Mexican states of Chiapas and Veracruz, but did not specify how many of those migrants are believed to have criminal records.
Despite pleasÂ from Republicans and POTUS Donald Trump, Democrats who control the House have refused to consider even cursory changes to U.S. asylum laws and other immigration loopholes DHS officials and several experts have told various committees are serving as magnets for migrants.
Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) sent a letter to Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan seeking additional information regarding members of the migrant caravans who have criminal histories in the U.S. in order to â€œassistâ€ in their â€œoversight of the crisis at the southern border and better understand the threat posed by large caravans.â€
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