A small number of MS-13 gang members are said to be crossing into the U.S. amongst the massive influx of children from Central America. The notoriously violent Mara Salvatrucha gang has origins in Central America and their members are active in cities across the United States.
internal Border Patrol executive summary obtained by Townhall.com
confirms that at least 16 unaccompanied illegal minors (those under the
age of 18, according to U.S. government policy), are members of the
brutal El Salvadorian street gang Mara Salvatrucha—or MS-13.
members left graffiti on the walls of the Nogales (Arizona) Border
Patrol processing center, which suggested they had ties to the
organization, Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich reported earlier this
She discussed the alarming report this morning on America's
Newsroom, explaining that some of the "unaccompanied minors" are
actually teenage MS-13 or drug cartel members. According to current law,
the Border Patrol cannot immediately send the teens back because
they're under 18.
"They're now using the Nogales processing
center as a recruitment hub for new members to come in. They're trying
to recruit other teenage boys that are sharing cells with them and
they're using the phones that the Red Cross has set up. They're supposed
to be using those to call back home or to call family members in the
United States. They're also using those as a way to communicate with
gang members already in U.S. cities," she said.
Pavlich said the
Border Patrol's hands are tied because they cannot separate the gang
members from other children. She said according to her sources, these
MS-13 members are scheduled for placement somewhere in the United
States, adding that I.C.E policy has been to release illegal immigrants
with a notice to appear at a hearing at a later date.