Border Patrol agents, from the Rio Grande Valley sector, arrested a number of sex offenders and gang members in the month of June.
Agents arrested 18 convicted sex offenders in June and three additional offenders in July, who were illegal in the country, plus 9 gang members.
The majority of the sex offenders had convictions for sexual assault involving children with offenses including : sexual assault of a child; sodomy, kidnapping, lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14; aggravated sexual assault of a child; and aggravated indecent assault and corruption of a minor.
Border agents arrested 8 members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, better known as MS-13, and one member of the 18th Street gang.
“Border Patrol agents have a responsibility to protect this nation from all threats,” Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa said. “Those threats are not always posed by terrorists or drug smugglers; sometimes they take the form of sex offenders and gang members. By keeping these dangerous criminals off our streets, agents are helping to ensure the safety of our children and the security of our communities.”