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BP arrests 7 serious criminals IDed by digital fingerprint system

Seven men convicted of serious crimes in the United States were arrested by Border Patrol in the last two weeks after a fingerprint check turned up serious criminal histories, authorities said.

Before their arrests between Oct. 23 and Nov. 1, were convicted of felonies, including homicide and voluntary manslaughter, child rape and lewd and lascivious acts with a child, as well as convictions for robbery and burglary, the agency said in a news release.

One man was an Ecuadorian national and had multiple felony convictions, including rape and robbery. He had also been convicted for driving while intoxicated, the release said.

Three men were from Guatemala.

One had two warrants for rape of a child and burglary, while the second Guatemalan man was previously convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.

The third was connected with Mara Salvatruchua, a notorious street gang often known as MS-13, the agency said.

The remain three were Mexican citizens. Two had been convicted of homicide and voluntary manslaughter and the third was connected to MS-13.

All seven were apprehended for immigration violations and processed for prosecution and removal proceedings after agents scanned their fingerprints into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

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The digital scanner system is used at Border Patrol station and checkpoints, and is used to check fingerprints against a database of more than 55 million people, according to the FBI.

Every person apprehended by the Border Patrol is entered into this system.

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Nov 7, 2014, 8:03 pm
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And these are the ones that get caught.  How many more do not get apprehended. Anyone who thinks its just lettuce pickers jumping the border, needs to get a reality check as to who is getting into the U.S. These reports on dangerous criminals entering the country are numerous. The Feds are failing us and the border is a sieve for criminals.

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