Your Tired, Your Poor, Your…Sex Offenders?

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As if we don’t have enough perverts and predators in the United States as it is, we apparently now have to take Mexico’s. According to the Rio Grande Valley’s KRGV, the U.S. Border Patrol reports that there has been a sudden rise in the number of illegal immigrant sex offenders crossing into the country. Within the last five months, the agency has arrested 144 aliens convicted of sex crimes. These offenders, according to federal agents, try to elude capture by using the South Texas grasslands for cover and by blending in with larger groups of illegal immigrants.

Though the Border Patrol cannot say conclusively why there has been a rise in the number of apprehended sex offenders, these criminals are typically trying to escape legal punishment at home. Unfortunately for them, the Border Patrol employs high-tech security tools to search worldwide criminal databases, allowing them to easily identify those with established criminal records.

Of course, that only works when you catch them. If 144 have been caught in the last five months, how many have managed to assimilate into American life? How many will be arrested for sex crimes in the coming years, their victims now U.S. citizens? How long will it be before they are granted amnesty because it is “too expensive” to round up illegals?

Going Soft on Crime

The federal government may have no explanation for the rise, but maybe it has something to do with the degradation of the American justice system? Could it be that criminals in other countries see the way the U.S. is going soft on crime? The way there is a growing tolerance for sexual deviancy, and a tendency to give minorities the benefit of the doubt in any given situation? Put that together with our increasingly lax attitude toward a secure border, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what’s happening.

Who knows if the kind of sex crimes these immigrants have been convicted of will even be crimes in another decade. The left’s sexual permissiveness knows no boundaries. Unions once thought reprehensible are now accepted. Celebrated, even. Some are even protected from contrary opinions.

I’m all for letting consenting adults do as they wish behind their bedroom door, but where do you draw the line? At 18? At 17? When does a consenting partner become a victim? If the last fifty years are anything to go by, our common sense, traditional notions of sexual deviancy will be drastically different in another fifty. How far are we from television’s first lovable pedophile?

All that aside, this is what you get when you lighten your stance on illegal immigration. Fine, upstanding citizens with something to offer this country rarely come across the border on a fruit truck. President Obama can cherrypick the exceptions, but maybe he should include a couple of rapists the next time he wants to show Americans what kind of illegals are living among us. But no, we can’t even call them illegals, much less tell the truth about who they are.