In a widely ridiculed speech in 2015 at Trump Tower, Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president, promised to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and told the nation: “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists …”
To fix that problem, the future president promised he’d build a wall on the southern border.
When CNN asked Trump if he regretted saying “rapists” come across the border from Mexico, Trump doubled down: “Some are rapists and some are killers.”
But was Trump actually right about rapists illegally crossing the border and coming into the U.S. from Mexico?
On Easter Sunday, Border Patrol agents captured a convicted child rapist trying to illegally re-enter the U.S., according to a new report from Breitbart News.
Gustavo Hurtdao-Juarez, 36, was arrested in Del Rio Texas, after he crossed the Rio Grande River.
“The agents transported the Mexican national to the station for processing and a biometric background investigation,” Breitbart reported. “Agents learned that a Tennessee court convicted Hurtado-Juarez for aggravated statutory rape in Sumner County in 2010, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Dennis Smith.”
Hurtado-Juarez had been deported after he finished serving three years in prison for the rape.
“Del Rio Sector personnel are relentless in their vigilance to ensure the safety of our citizens and security of our nation,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez told the news organization. “Because of their efforts, a dangerous criminal was stopped from gaining further access to American communities.”
Breitbart’s Bob Price reported that Hurtado-Juarez “now faces a new federal charge of aggravated re-entry after removal as a sex offender.”
If the man is convicted of the felony charge, he could spend 20 years in federal prison.
Price noted that large sections of the Del Rio Sector have no barriers or fencing to stop people from illegally entering the U.S.
Smith told Breitbart, “There is some border wall in the area near the port of entry, but his exact crossing point was not determined.”
In another case reported by the news organization, federal authorities in the Yuma Sector arrested a man named Hector Gutierrez-Perez just after he crossed the border. The Mexican national reportedly had a prior conviction in California for “unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.”
And agents in Tucson, Arizona, took Wilmer Avila-Gamez, a Honduran national, into custody in February. Avila-Gamez was convicted in California of “rape by force.”
Federal agents also apprehended Pascual Nava-Gutierrez in January after the man entered the U.S. near Lukeville, Arizona. Nava-Gutierrez, 31, had been convicted of rape in the third degree and assault in the fourth degree. He was deported after he served prison time.
Another Mexican national, Luis Cota-Lopez, 30, was arrested after he entered illegally near Andrade, California. Cota-Lopez was convicted of murder by a New Mexico court. He was deported after serving 11 years in prison.