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Tennessee GOP demands answers from Homeland Security on migrant accused of raping children

Campos was still allowed to remain in the United States after he was charged with public intoxication and driving without a license multiple times, according to officials. 

Published: July 18, 2023 7:55am

Updated: July 18, 2023 7:58am

Sen. Marsha Blackburn and seven other Tennessee congressional Republicans sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas demanding answers about an illegal migrant who lived undetected in the United States for more than two decades and is accused of raping children. 

"While this administration has spent years defending its failed border policies as compassionate and humane, there is nothing compassionate about policies that allow a child sexual predator and serial rapist to remain in an American community undetected for more than two decades," the lawmakers wrote in their letter Monday.

The migrant, Camilo Hurtado Campos, was arrested last month in Franklin, Tenn., and detectives found hundreds of images of him abusing at least 10 boys between the ages of 9 and 17, some of whom were unconscious as he raped them.

Officials believe that Campus would recruit children at playgrounds under the guise of being a soccer coach who wanted them to play on his team. He would then lure the boys to his home, where he would drug and rape them, the lawmakers said.

Campos was still allowed to remain in the United States after he was charged with public intoxication and driving without a license multiple times, according to officials. 

They are asking the Department of Homeland Security multiple questions such as whether the agency was aware Campos was illegally in the United States and whether he was given a notice to appear when he illegally entered more than 20 years ago, which would have been under the Bush administration.

Blackburn was joined in the letter by Tennessee Republican Reps. Diana Harshbarger, Tim Burchett, Chuck Fleischmann, Scott DesJarlais, Andy Ogles, Mark Green, and John Rose.

Madeleine Hubbard is an international correspondent for Just the News. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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