U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Arizona says it has apprehended a convicted sex offender attempting to re-enter the United States illegally.

“Three Points Station agents encountered seven adults and two unaccompanied children west of San Miguel, Arizona,” said Chief Patrol Agent John Modlin of CBP’s Tucson Sector. “A Guatemalan citizen in the group, Minor Chingo-Grave, is a registered sex offender.”

According to Modlin, Chingo-Grave was convicted for molesting a child in Providence, Rhode Island.

Capturing sex offenders who have already been deported from the United States at least once has become a trend for CBP.

In April, Marco Julio Bran was captured by agents at CBP’s Yuma Sector.

Bran has previously been “convicted in 2008 for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, and was sentenced to three years in prison,” according to Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Chris Clem.

In July, Yuma Sector agents apprehended five previously-convicted sex offenders attempting to illegally re-enter the United States in the span of just one week.

It is unclear exactly how many sex offenders attempt to re-enter the United States annually, and how many succeed in their attempts.

In April, CBP encountered more illegal aliens attempting to cross the border than in any other month in history. A whopping 234,088 illegal aliens were captured, while the number of “gotaways” – those who managed to dodge CBP, is unknown.

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to insist that America’s borders are closed.

“The United States continues to enforce its immigration laws, and restrictions at our southwest border have not changed,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a recent video. “The bottom line is that U.S. borders are not open. Individuals and families continue to be subject to border restrictions, including expulsion.”

“The United States continues to enforce its immigration laws,” Mayorkas says in the video. “Individuals and families should not put their lives at risk by taking the dangerous journey, only to be sent back.”

Currently, a court battle rages over Title 42, which a federal judge on May 20 said must remain in place for now.

Title 42 is a rule implemented by former President Donald Trump’s administration that allowed for CBP to immediately expel illegal aliens due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was set to expire May 23 before the court halted its expiration.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a reporter at The Arizona Sun Times and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Arrested” by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.