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.
“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 is a reporter for The Texan. He has coached high school competitive speech and debate and has also been involved in community theater and politics. A native Texan, Hayden served as a delegate at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. He is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Liberty University. In his free time, Hayden is known to take walks around the neighborhood while listening to random music on Spotify.