MS-13: Illegal Immigrants In Deadly Gang Slated For Release

Tara Dodrill

MS-13 gang members are among the illegal immigrants being held at Texas border facilities. The young males who admitted to being in the gang are also reportedly attempting to recruit younger unaccompanied children into their drug-running group. Border Patrol agents say their hands are tied to separate the members of the deadly gang from the younger boys or to schedule them for immediate deportation because MS-13 members are minors themselves.

An internal summary of Border Patrol operations at the Nogales, Arizona U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility indicates that 16 illegal immigrants, males 15 to 17, are part of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang. The New American says Townhall, an online political magazine, first obtained the report now being widely cited by other news outlets.

If the illegal immigrants report is accurate, Border Patrol agents in Nogales were informed of the MS-13 presence among the group of detainees after gang graffiti was etched onto the walls of the federal facility.

An excerpt from the report about MS-13 activity among the illegal immigrants crossing the Texas border reads:

"Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) and Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPOs), assigned to The Nogales Placement Center (NPC), discovered that 16 unaccompanied alien children (13 El Salvadoran males, two Guatemalan males and one Honduran male) currently being held at the NPC are members of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13). The MS-13 gang members admitted to their gang associations following a discovery of graffiti at the NPC. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) were notified."

Last month Arizona Governor Jan Brewer inked a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sharing her concerns about a growing MS-13 gang presence among the illegal immigrants coming into the United States.

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Wikipedia description of the MS-13 gang:

"Mara Salvatrucha [commonly abbreviated as MS, Mara, and MS-13] is a transnational criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles and has spread to other parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America.The majority of the gang is ethnically composed of Central Americans and active in urban and suburban areas. In the U.S., the MS-13 has an especially heavy presence in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California; the Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas of Fairfax County, Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland, and Prince George's County, Maryland; Long Island, New York; the Boston, Massachusetts area; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Houston, Texas. There is also a presence of MS-13 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Members of MS distinguish themselves by tattoos covering the body and also often the face, as well as the use of their own sign language. They are notorious for their use of violence and a subcultural moral code that predominantly consists of merciless revenge and cruel retributions."

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An excerpt from Governor Brewer's warning letter reads:

"By the Obama administration's own estimation, 230,000 unaccompanied alien minors are expected to cross through the Rio Grande Sector by the end of next year... If Border Patrol is overwhelmed, what consideration is being given -- and what is being done -- to determine if any of these illegal aliens have criminal histories or gang affiliations? For example, we know that MS-13, one of the world's most notorious international gangs, has strong ties to several of the Central American countries from which these aliens are arriving. The administration's refusal to properly verify that violent criminals are not among those entering the United States shows an alarming lack of concern for our homeland's security. As a nation, we cannot sit back and allow this policy to continue."

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National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 Vice President Chis Cabrera appears to agree with Governor Brewer's assessment of the MS-13 problem. During an interview with the National Review, Cabrera said illegal immigrant gang members have reunited with identified gang members in the United States. One Border Patrol agent reportedly told Cabrera recently that a teen MS-13 member entered the country and he was "powerless" to stop. The Border Patrol leader asked, "If he's a confirmed gang member in his own country, why are we letting him in here?"

"I've heard people come in and say, 'You're going to let me go, just like you let my mother go, just like you let my sister go. You're going to let me go as well, and the government's going to take care of us. Until we start mandatory detentions, mandatory removals, I don't think anything is going to change. As a matter of fact, I think it's going to get worse."

Border Patrol agents reportedly do not have any difficulty identifying MS-13 gang members due to their related tattoos, but verifying their age continues to be a problem. There is really no way to verify that the illegal immigrants are actually minors and not actually young men anywhere from 18 to 25 years old. According to immigration agency reports, about 46 percent of minors processed and released until deportation proceedings are scheduled, never actually show up for the hearing.