El Paso Border Patrol Agents apprehended two convicted sex offenders attempting to enter the country illegally in Southern New Mexico this week.
According to CBP, the first apprehension happened in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 2 when a group of four men entered illegally about three miles east of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. Agents were able to track footprints into the desert where they met with the two men from Guatemala and two from China.
During processing, agents learned that one of the men, a 44-year-old from Guatemala, had been convicted of sexual assault in Arvada Colorado in 2001. The man was deported from the U.S. after serving a two-year sentence in Colorado.
Wednesday morning, agents working in the New Mexico bootheel detained a 36-year-old Guatemalan man who was previously deported from Santa Clarita, California in 2016. During a background check, agents learned he had an extensive criminal history and had been deported after serving a three-year conviction for lewd acts with a child under the age of 14.
Both immigrants were taken into custody and will be prosecuted for illegal re-entry.