Criminal JusticeImmigration & BorderIssuesBorder Agents Arrest Man Wanted in Dallas County on Suspicion of Sex Crimes Against Child

The 57-year-old suspect is a Mexican citizen and is currently in custody in Maverick County.
May 4, 2022
Border agents in Eagle Pass arrested a 57-year-old Mexican citizen last week wanted in Dallas County on suspicion of sexual offenses against a child.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in a news release on Tuesday that Silviano Garcia was taken into custody at the Camino Real International Bridge II on April 30. Garcia had an outstanding warrant on charges of felonies including indecency with a child and fondling.

The federal government transferred Garcia to the custody of the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Raul Reyna, the public information officer for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, told The Texan in an email that Garcia is still in Maverick County’s custody and that the case is being investigated by the DeSoto Police Department.

Acting Port Director Gilberto Calderon commented on the arrest in CBP’s news release.

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“Our frontline officers continue to maintain strict vigilance and this significant apprehension of a person wanted for crimes of a sexual nature underscores their continued resolve and dedication to upholding the CBP border security mission,” Calderon said.

Border guards and CBP’s offices of field operations have arrested more than 14,000 illegal aliens with criminal convictions so far in Fiscal Year 2022, according to federal data. Additionally, more than 5,000 illegal aliens with outstanding warrants or wanted by law enforcement agencies have been taken into custody.

Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas has been criticized by Republicans for declining to take more assertive action to deter illegal immigration. Mayorkas contends that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is prioritizing resources to focus enforcement against dangerous individuals and accused criminals.

Illegal immigration is expected to increase after the U.S. government ends enforcement of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Title 42 public health order instituted during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

However, federal Judge Robert Summerhays issued a 14-day temporary restraining order last week preventing the federal government from moving forward with the termination. A hearing on a possible preliminary injunction in the case is scheduled for May 13.


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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."