Officials for the Customs and Border Protection Department announced over the week that border patrol agents had apprehended multiple ‘fraudulent family units’ who attempted to enter the United States via the southern border illegally.
The two pairs of migrants were apprehended in separate incidents over the weekend in Yuma, Arizona, as they both posed as a family unit to circumvent processing protocols when crossing the border.
The first case involved an 8-year-old girl who entered the country illegally with a 36-year-old man who claimed to be the girl’s father.
However, CBP learned through inaccuracies in their accounts that the male in question was only a friend of the girl’s mother who was living in their home country of Brazil, meaning that the girl was an unaccompanied minor at the time of her illegally crossing the border.
The man had also confessed this very same information to border agents after the pair had been apprehended.
They were separated by the CBP and were checked and processed through the system individually.
The second case involved two relatives, a 14-year-old girl and a 40-year-old woman, who claimed to be mother and daughter upon crossing the border illegally.
However, upon further questioning, it was revealed that the pair were only in fact aunt and niece.
The Romanian nationals were separated by the CBP under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.
However, over the same weekend, border patrol agents apprehended numerous criminal migrants who were attempting to cross over from Mexico.
Amongst those who were caught was a convicted murderer who had already been deported from the US on one occasion before, and an MS-13 gang member.
A press release from CBP confirmed that the convicted murderer had previously been charged with assault causing bodily harm after being arrested by the Harris County Constable.
The man in question was then sentenced to 30 days confinement before being released.
Shortly after the end of his confinement, the man was arrested once again by the Houston Police Department under the charge of murder intentionally causing death.
He was sentenced to 20 years confinement before being deported from the US back to Mexico in 2020.
The on-going crisis
The crisis at the southern border worsens by the day, with effective action to ease pressure on border agents is still left to be desired.
Throughout the month of March, the number of illegal immigrants attempting to flock into the country hit a 15-year high.
This figure also included a massive 71% increase from February to March in the number of unaccompanied migrant children entering the US.
According to Fox News, numerous criminal organizations are benefitting from the US-Mexico border crisis, with human smugglers and traffickers reportedly making around $14 million a day throughout the month of February, due to border officials being stretched.
Yet, a response from President Joe Biden is lacking.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pinned the blame on Joe Biden, a President who removed nearly all of former President Trump’s border policies, triggering a mass influx of migrants to the border in the early days of his term.
Both President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have not yet visited the border areas to provide a solution or support to people struggling with the problem the new administration has created.