Gov. Greg Abbott has announced a list of the 10 most wanted criminal illegal aliens in Texas.

The list includes Victor Hugo Chox Gonzalez, 38; Luis Perez Mendoza, 43; Servando Trejo Duran Jr., 62; Francisco Alexis Ventura, 65; Omar David Zavala, 30; Willean Alexander Berrios Ulloa, 39; Salvador Cortez Vasquez, 31; Jorge Dionicio Hernandez, 33; Oscar Oswaldo Madrid Cartagena, 36; and Gilberto Castro Zubiate, 26.

Of those 10, eight—Chox Gonzalez, Mendoza, Ventura, Berrios Ulloa, Cortez Vasquez, Hernandez, Zavala, and Madrid Cartagena—were charged with sex-related crimes. Six of them—Chox Gonzalez, Mendoza, Ventura, Berrios Ulloa, Cortez Vasquez, and Hernandez—were sex-related crimes involving minors.

“Texas is a law-and-order state, and with the help of our fellow Texans, we will ensure that the illegal immigrants on this list are taken off our streets and put behind bars to keep our communities safe,” stated Abbott in a Wednesday press release. “Texas will continue to take unprecedented action to protect Texans and our state from President Biden’s border crisis.”

The Texas Department of Public Safety’s profiles of the criminals provide some insight into the extent of their crimes.

Notably, the DPS website states that Chox Gonzalez was first convicted in 2016 for drunk driving with a minor under 15 years old and for assaulting a family member. He was quickly removed from the country but found his way back by 2021, after which he was charged with assault and failure to provide personal information.

While out on bond for the 2021 charges, a warrant was issued for his arrest for failing to provide his personal information to authorities. Just over a year later, he was again arrested—this time for sexual assault and misconduct involving a child.

Chox Gonzalez is one of three other illegal aliens whose cash reward for tipping off law enforcement to his whereabouts is as high as $5,000. For the other six, the reward is as high as $3,000.

The press release compared the list to the already-existing Texas 10 Most Wanted List, noting that the state’s most wanted illegal alien fugitives may be selected for DPS’ monthly featured fugitive.

To be eligible for cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities through either: the Crime Stoppers hotline (1-800-252-8477), the DPS website by clicking the link under the fugitive’s pictures on their profile, or Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Facebook page by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link in the “About” section.

Studies have shown that illegal aliens commit violent crimes at a higher rate than Texans.

One from the Center for Immigration Studies in 2022 analyzed DPS data and found that illegal aliens committed an average of 17.8 sexual assaults per 100,000 in 2019, compared to 10 sexual assaults per 100,000 in the wider Texas population.

Even homicide convictions were higher, at 3.3 per 100,000 for illegal aliens but 2.9 per 100,000 for Texans.

There have also been several high-profile raids by state and federal law enforcement officials on rings of illegal aliens accused of sexual crimes against children.

In January, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a national operation called Operation Night Guard. At least six illegal aliens in Texas were arrested for pending charges or convictions for murder, homicide, or assault against children.

Luca Cacciatore

Luca H. Cacciatore is a journalist for Texas Scorecard. He is an American Moment inaugural fellow and former welder.