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Arizona Border Patrol arrests migrant convicted of raping a minor 

His previous convictions include rape of a minor three years or younger, willful cruelty to a child, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana for sale

U.S. Custom Border Patrol (CBP) agent stops a vehicle at a checkpoint
U.S. Custom Border Patrol (CBP) agent stops a vehicle at a checkpoint | U.S. Custom Border Patrol

August 22, 2022 7:47pm

Updated: August 23, 2022 3:04pm

Arizona Border Patrol agents arrested an undocumented migrant on Tuesday with several past convictions, including rape of a minor, officials reported. 

Mexican national Vargas Mendoza, 33, was intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at the Yuma Station, Chief Patrol Agent Chris Clem posted on Twitter. 

His previous convictions include rape of a minor three years or younger, willful cruelty to a child, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana for sale. 

No other information was made readily available. 

So far in Fiscal Year 2022, CBP agents have arrested 9,381 undocumented individuals with criminal records who attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, according to CBP statistics

At the end of last month, Border Patrol agents from Texas and Arizona encountered more than 104 convicted felons in a span of a week. 

However, these numbers are only counting those migrants who have been encountered by patrol agents. The Department of Homeland Security has reported that there have been more than half-a-million migrants who have been able to cross the border undetected, most likely including other convicted felons.