Border Patrol sector spots increase in adult migrants posing as unaccompanied minors

Border Patrol sector spots increase in adult migrants posing as


The number of migrant adults posing as unaccompanied children at the border rose slightly in the first month in October along the El Paso sector.

Newly released U.S. Border Patrol data show that since October 1 in the El Paso sector, 55 adults attempted to present themselves as children. In the 12 months between October 1 2020 to September 30 2021, 559 adult migrants were stopped. 

The El Paso sector encompasses 264 miles of the southwestern border in New Mexico and west Texas. 

The sector reported 193,918 undocumented migrants at the border for fiscal year 2021, the fourth-highest amount among U.S. Border Patrol’s nine sectors. At least 22,906 minors were stopped by border officers.

Agents of the El Paso sector work with the Department of Homeland Security to identify the fraudulent scheme. It is commonly used by criminal organization who provide smuggling services through the Mexico-United States border for migrants.

U.S. Border Patrol encountered about 200 migrants in Normandy, Texas, after the group crossed the Mexico-United States border on November 3. According to U.S. Border Patrol's El Paso Sector announced Friday that 55 adults attempted to present themselves as unaccompanied children since October 1 after 559 adult migrants were stopped in all of fiscal year 2021

U.S. Border Patrol encountered about 200 migrants in Normandy, Texas, after the group crossed the Mexico-United States border on November 3. According to U.S. Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector announced Friday that 55 adults attempted to present themselves as unaccompanied children since October 1 after 559 adult migrants were stopped in all of fiscal year 2021

Yery Noel Medina Ulloa lied to U.S. Border agents about his name and said he was 17 before he was stopped for unlawful border entry late this summer. Authorities in Jacksonville, Florida, revealed his identity and age, 24, after he was arrested October 7 for killing 46-year-old Francisco Javier Cuellar, who took him into his home and provided him a job at his family-operated business

Yery Noel Medina Ulloa lied to U.S. Border agents about his name and said he was 17 before he was stopped for unlawful border entry late this summer. Authorities in Jacksonville, Florida, revealed his identity and age, 24, after he was arrested October 7 for killing 46-year-old Francisco Javier Cuellar, who took him into his home and provided him a job at his family-operated business

According to U.S. federal immigration guidelines, an unaccompanied minor is considered a person under the age of 18.

Adults who have been caught impersonating unaccompanied minors can be sentenced to up to five years in prison for lying to a federal law enforcement officer and conspiring to defraud the U.S. 

El Paso sector spokesman Carlos A. Rivera told DailyMail.com that most of the adult migrants posed as 15-, 16- or 17-year-olds coming to the United States without their parents.

DailyMail.com reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to confirm the number of adults stopped for lying about being minors in the other nine sectors along the southwestern border. 

Some have circumvented the federal immigration agency. Yery Noel Medina Ulloa, 24, pleaded not guilty November 4 to second-degree murder and evidence tampering charges in Jacksonville, Florida, after he was arrested October 7 in the fatal stabbing of 46-year-old Francisco Javier Cuellar. The attack was caught on camera.

As many as 20 migrants were detained by the Texas Department of Public Safety after officers stopped the vehicle in which they were traveling near Van Horn, Texas, on October 28

As many as 20 migrants were detained by the Texas Department of Public Safety after officers stopped the vehicle in which they were traveling near Van Horn, Texas, on October 28

Six of the 12 undocumented migrants who were detained by Border Patrol agents near Laredo, Texas, after they were spotted swimming across the Rio Grande on Tuesday

Six of the 12 undocumented migrants who were detained by Border Patrol agents near Laredo, Texas, after they were spotted swimming across the Rio Grande on Tuesday

A group of migrants was found inside a truck during an checkpoint inspection conducted by border patrol agents in Laredo, Texas, on November 4

A group of migrants was found inside a truck during an checkpoint inspection conducted by border patrol agents in Laredo, Texas, on November 4

At the time of his apprehension, the suspect provided officers a fake name – Reynel Alexander Hernández – and said he was 17.

It took authorities nearly a week to verify his real name and age after CBP got a response from the Honduran consulate.

CBP declined to answer a question from DailyMail.com about which border sector processed Medina Ulloa. 

In an interview with Univision, his mother, Wendy Florencia Ulloa, said her son  entered the U.S. using another name so that he could be placed in a shelter for minors. 

A police report showed that Medina Ulloa has been in the U.S. for two months and was staying at Cuellar’s home. He gave Ulloa a job at his family-run store. 

While it’s unknown how Ulloa ended up at Cuellar’s home, his daughter told the New York Post that he had gone to the airport to pick Ulloa up. She thought Ulloa may have been on one of the several flights used by the Biden administration to resettle migrants.

‘My dad told me one day he was going to the airport, and then this guy came out of nowhere and was at work the next day,” MaryCarmen Cuellar said.

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a constant critic of President Biden, described Ulloa’s criminal actions as ‘the latest example of how unfettered illegal migration costs Floridians’ lives’ in a statement to Jacksonville television station WJXT.

‘If not for the Biden Administration’s unlawful ‘catch and release’ policy, Francisco Cuellar would still be alive today,’ he said. 

The most recent CBP monthly southwestern border report showed that U.S. Border Patrol agents reported 1.7 million encounters with migrants who unlawfully crossed the United States-Mexico border in fiscal year 2021, the highest since 1986. 

As many as 146,925 unaccompanied children were taken into custody at the southwestern border. 

Encounters at the United States southwestern border increased in each of former President Donald Trump's last eight months in office and continued to do so at a much higher rate in President Joe Biden's first six months at the White House

Encounters at the United States southwestern border increased in each of former President Donald Trump’s last eight months in office and continued to do so at a much higher rate in President Joe Biden’s first six months at the White House



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