An illegal alien and convicted sex offender has been arrested in Louisiana on over 100 counts of child sex crimes.
Miguel Martinez, 44, who had been deported from the United States in 2005 and is a registered sex offender in the state of California, was arrested after investigators found him in possession of over 100 images and videos of child porn.
Martinez was arrested in Harvey, where he was residing illegally, according to a statement by the Louisiana Attorney General’s office.
He faces 100 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13 years, one count of production under the age of 13, and one count of sexual battery of a juvenile under the age of 13.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced the arrest on Tuesday, April 2.
“Internet crimes against children continuously inflict damage,” Landry said in the statement.
“This arrest should serve as a wake-up call to Congress,” Landry continued.“By not securing our borders and properly vetting those coming into our nation, we have seen lives lost and destroyed.”
“Illegal immigration has real-life consequences—countless numbers of needless crime victims, including too many Louisiana families and children. For their sake—I again urge Congress to realize the national emergency we have at our southern border, support President Trump, build the wall, and help us make our communities safer.”
The Louisiana Bureau of Investigation (LBI) Cyber Crime Unit, LBI Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office worked jointly to bring in the suspect.
Martinez was booked into the Jefferson Parish Jail.
Officials said more charges may be brought against him.
Landry later issued a statement on Twitter, which he punctuated with an appeal for greater border security: “It’s time to join @POTUS in demanding action on our Southern Border. #BuildTheWall”
— AG Jeff Landry (@AGJeffLandry) April 3, 2019
New Border Wall Construction in Texas
Construction is underway on a new, 13-mile stretch of border infrastructure in the Rio Grande Valley, southeast Texas, on April 4, according to an Epoch Times report citing a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statement.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is the nation’s busiest sector, accounting for more than 40 percent of all Border Patrol apprehensions of illegal aliens. It also accounts for more than 43 percent of marijuana seized at the southwest border for the fiscal year to date, and is second busiest sector for seized cocaine.
The majority of the sector’s illicit traffic occurs in areas of limited infrastructure, access and mobility, and technology, according to CBP.
Rio Grande Valley Deputy Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said so far this fiscal year, Border Patrol has apprehended more than 120,000 illegal border-crossers in the sector.
A further 25,000 illegal aliens have evaded Border Patrol, according to earlier Epoch Times reports.
“We actually don’t know who they are,” Ortiz said March 22. “So far, here in south Texas, we’ve apprehended folks from 44 different countries. These are from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, you name it.”
Ortiz also said Border Patrol is only able to seize up to 10 percent of the drugs that cartels are trafficking across the border because resources are stretched so thin.
Epoch Times reporter Charlotte Cuthbertson contributed to this report.