A border patrol area chief this week released a snapshot of the number of gang members likely to enter the United States as part of the wave of migrants surging towards the southern border, amid fears that members of the vicious gangs like the MS-13 could enter the United States.
“5 gang members in 7 days,” tweeted Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Officer Matthew Hudak.
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Hudak said in the Laredo, Texas area, the Border Patrol arrested five gang members in a week, including one member of the MS-13 gang and two members of the 18th Street gang.
“They are trying to escape arrest by exploiting the influx of migrants trying to enter our country,” he tweeted.
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The MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, was created in Los Angeles by immigrants from Central America and has spread across the continent – especially in Northern Triangle countries like El Salvador and Guatemala. He is known for his particularly gruesome and gruesome crimes, and his motto is said to be “mata, alto, controla” – which means “kill, rape, control”.
More than 172,000 migrants were met in March, with a similar number expected in April. Meanwhile, authorities have estimated that around 1,000 migrants pass overwhelmed officers every day as they attempt to tackle the outbreak of family units and minors.
The number of “escapes”, as well as the border snapshot provided by officers on the ground, fuel fears that gang members and other lowlifes will cross the border amid those genuinely seeking asylum.
California Border Patrol agents arrested a suspected member of an MS-13 gang last month after illegally crossing the border into the United States.
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Meanwhile, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he was “absolutely concerned about the connection” to the gang.
“We have already shown in the past that some of these unaccompanied minors end up in MS-13,” he added.