Congressman: Is There a Homicide ‘Cover-Up’ at Border Patrol?

U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) says that among the 10,763 criminal aliens it arrested in fiscal year 2021, just 10 had been convicted of homicide. A Texas congressman suspects that’s a serious undercount, and is demanding answers from the agency.

The inquiry by Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Lubbock, and statistics from the Texas Department of Safety call USBP figures into question.

“In reviewing the most recently published FY21 data, the ‘homicide, manslaughter’ category had inexplicably dropped from 53 to 10,” Arrington stated in a letter to Troy Miller, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The congressman has yet to receive an explanation or response.

“Hopefully there’s no cover-up, but it certainly look like fraudulent manipulated of the numbers,” Arrington told Newsmax.

Citing USBP’s alien crime report, FAIR last week asked, “How many of these unlawful migrants committed additional crimes?” The Texas Department of Public Safety sheds some light on that. From June 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2021, state and local prosecutors charged 734 illegal aliens with homicide. That’s an average of 73 per year … in just one state.

Arrington is right to question Border Patrol’s downsized homicide tally, which inexplicably dropped from 53 to 10. Those two numbers combined do not add up to the annual average homicide bookings of illegal aliens in the Lone Star State.

How many killers are among the hundreds of thousands of gotaways who eluded USBP? How many illegal aliens routinely processed and paroled into this country are now furthering their criminal careers here? Under the Biden administration’s porous border regime, which puts optics ahead of reality, we’re taking the “over.”

About Author


Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.