A Mexican national who overstayed his visa was arrested in the northern border state of Michigan for alleged trafficking of a minor, Charlevoix County Sheriff Charles Vondra told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Border Patrol agents and the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Department arrested the individual Friday in Michigan after he allegedly attempted to traffic the child for sex, Border Patrol Chief Jason Owens said in a July 23 tweet read. In fiscal year 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determined that more than 684,000 immigrants overstayed visas. (RELATED: Biden’s DHS Chief Totally Ignores Question About Record Number Of Migrants Being Let Into The US)
“The suspect, when we talked to him, admitted that he was looking for a female escort for sexual purposes,” Charlevoix County Detective Michael Wheat told the DCNF.
The accused individual was working in the area at a dairy farm, Vondra told the DCNF. Authorities arrested him as part of a law enforcement operation involving an undercover female officer who posed as a child.
“He reiterated to the detectives what he wanted to do with this little girl, he was really bold about it,” Vondra told the DCNF.
On 7/21, Detroit Sector agents and the Charlevoix County Sheriff9;s Department arrested a Mexican national who attempted to traffic an underage girl for sexual exploitation. This predator was also in the U.S. illegally after overstaying their visa. pic.twitter.com/kK85G8X4Hw
— Chief Jason Owens (@USBPChief) July 24, 2023
Border Patrol agents have also seen a surge in encounters of illegal immigrants in the State of Michigan. Since October 2022, Border Patrol recorded 192 illegal migrant encounters, up from 80 in all of fiscal year 2022 and 18 in fiscal year 2021, according to federal data.
Border Patrol has recorded more than 9,200 arrests of illegal immigrants with criminal convictions since October 2022, according to federal data. Agents recorded roughly 12,000 in the fiscal year prior, more than 10,000 in fiscal year 2021 and roughly 2,000 in fiscal year 2020.
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