While appearing on Fox News Wednesday, Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera said the federal government is releasing murderers from Central America into the United States, CBS DC reported Thursday. He also said teenage gang members are being turned over to family members in the country.
“If they have family in the United States, they’ll release them to the family, even if they’re admitted gang members,” he said. “We’ve had a couple that had admitted to murders in their home country. They were 17 years old, 16 years old, and the United States government thought it fit to release them to their parents here in the United States.
"Even if he’s a confirmed gang member, a confirmed criminal even by self-admission, we for some reason don’t send them back to their home country, we release them into our country," he added. The reason, he said, is a loophole in the law.
“They found a loophole with the unaccompanied women and children,” Cabrera said. “We don’t have anywhere to house these women and children and if the child has no family back in his home country, or claims he has no family back in his home country, we have to release him to a parent who is here.”
As a result of what Cabrera called a "catch-and-release" system at the border, agents are not allowed to do their job. Consequently, he said, morale among Border Patrol agents is at an all-time low.
Over 57,000 unaccompanied minors have illegally crossed the border between October and June. That number, CBS added, is "more than double" the number who crossed the border during the same period a year earlier.
Recently, two illegal immigrants from Mexico were arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of an off-duty Border Patrol agent. Gustavo Tijerina, 30, and Ismael Hernandez, 40, were arraigned Tuesday and ordered held without bail after they allegedly murdered Javier Vega Jr. in front of his wife, two children and his parents on Sunday. Vega was fishing with his family at the time. According to police, the two men have been arrested and deported numerous times.