Hardened criminals and gang members, including cold-blooded killers and armed robbers, are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and are being allowed to stay because they have committed no crimes in the United States, a top Border Patrol official tells Newsmax TV.
"I know of a handful that have come into the country between the ages of 15 and 17,'' Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council in Texas, told "The Steve Malzberg Show'' on Monday.
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"[They] turned themselves in and were released to family up in the Maryland-D.C. area. I think one of them even went to Hawaii.''
"These kids self-admitted to murder, to robbery, to violent tendencies, and since they have no criminal record here in the U.S., they were released into the country.''
The odds that they'll remain clean in the United States are not good, he added.
"Now, obviously they're going to link up with whomever, whether they know people here or they start their own thing or what,'' Cabrera said.
"These are violent gang members from their country — a pretty rowdy bunch.''
Cabrera's revelation came as the United States continues to struggle with a seemingly endless stream of illegal immigrants crossing the border in search of a better life.
Last week, Cabrera said morale in the U.S. Border Patrol is at an all-time low because agents are forced to stand by and watch helplessly as teenage criminals are released to freely enter the U.S.
"Morale is at an all-time low. Our agents aren't allowed to do the job they were hired to do. We're walking more and more people out the door,'' he told Fox News.
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