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Border agents catch sex offenders

Four men arrested in the past week by Border Patrol agents were previously convicted of sex crimes, and a fifth man had an outstanding warrant for a sex offense, the agency said in a release. All five men, who were detained in three separate incidents, were in the country illegally.

Last week, agents arrested three male Mexican nationals for being in the United States illegally. One man had been previously convicted of rape, another for unlawful intercourse with a minor. The third had an outstanding warrant for a sex offense, the agency said.

On Wednesday morning, agents from the Casa Grande Station arrested one man who had been previously convicted of sexual assault, domestic violence and burglary.

Tucson Station agents later arrested another man who had been deported from the United States five times and was convicted in California of annoying and molesting a child, as well as grand theft, the agency said.

All of the men were identified by their fingerprints by the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, a computer system that takes a digital scan of a fingerprint and compares it to thousands of other fingerprints in a nationwide system.

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.

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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Dec 5, 2014, 5:45 pm
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Ah deported five times, molesting a child and grand theft. And politicians say the border is safer than ever. Thnks Sentinel for making people aware that the border is open for criminals to illegally enter our country. And how many criminals enter the U.S. and never get caught. By my count that is 10 illegals with sex crimes entering the U.S. in 2 weeks & am guessing this is just in Arizona. The border is not secure, and no one seems to care. Thank god we have the Integrated Fingerprint ID System, which I believe many thought was a bad idea.

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