Report: Surge In Romanian Criminals Crossing Southern Border

An explosive new report alleges that Romanian criminals are entering the U.S. illegally and are now suspected of widespread financial crimes.

Internal law enforcement alerts gathered by the Daily Caller News Foundation showed that there has been a surge in Romanian illegal migrants. Further, they are entering the country at both the southern and northern borders.

The alerts go south to Florida and as far north as Pennsylvania and New York. They warn of these criminals who remain in the country despite deportation orders.

According to records from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), agents recorded 5,895 encounters with Romanian migrants in fiscal year 2022 at the southern border.

That compares with 4,029 in fiscal year 2021 and only 266 in fiscal year 2020.

An agency official told the outlet that these Romanian migrants often provide Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents with addresses for temporary housing such as hotels. This makes it next to impossible to track them down.

And not all of the crimes are financial.

One cautionary tale came from Romanian fugitive Alexandru Claudiu Pascu, who was evading authorities in his own country over charges concerning a nightclub beating. The son of a Romanian crime boss made his way to Biden’s southern border and crossed into the U.S.

He managed to commit more crimes before having the misfortune of falling into the lap of authorities in Las Vegas. At least in this one instance, local authorities cooperated with aggressive federal enforcement, and Pascu was flown home to Romania.

Unfortunately, that case is the exception and not the rule.

Another example emerged in Florida when a sheriff’s office sent out an alert over two Romanian illegal migrants. They were accused of bilking a coin vendor by paying only $3,600 of the $9,600 due for eight gold coins.

Law enforcement said one of the migrants used “sleight of hand” to carry out the theft.

Florida authorities stopped a vehicle in April and discovered two Romanian migrants in the country illegally. According to the alert, they had “fraudulent passports, fraudulent credit cards, $4,000 in U.S. currency,” and multiple small cameras used in ATM PIN harvesting.

They also had a device that contained banking information for thousands of Americans.

A senior border patrol official told the Daily Caller that “they all claim asylum/credible fear, just like everyone else. Hoping that we’ll process them and release them to the NGOs.”

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