This week, the head of the Border Patrol posted a photo showing the number of gang members potentially coming to the United States as a wave of migrants heading to the southern border amid fears that members of vicious groups like MS-13 could have entered the United States.
“Five gang members in seven days,” wrote Matthew Hudak, Laredo’s chief patrol agent.
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Judak said the Border Patrol in Laredo, Texas, arrested five gang members within a week, including two members of the MS-13 gang and two members of the 18th Street gang.
“They are trying to avoid arrest by exploiting the influx of migrants trying to enter our country,” he tweeted.
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The MS-13, also known as the Mara Salvatrucha, was created by Central American immigrants in Los Angeles and has spread across the continent, particularly in the Northern Triangle, such as El Salvador and Guatemala. It is known for its horrible, horrible crimes, its motto is said to be “mata, alt, control”, which means “kill, rape, control”.
More than 172,000 migrants met in March, and the same number was expected in April. Separately, officials estimate that about 1,000 migrants pass through overcrowded agents each day as they try to tackle the family-minority wave.
The number of “escapes”, as well as the border picture provided by agents, reinforces fears that gang members and other low-level personnel will cross the border among asylum seekers.
In California, border guards last month arrested a suspected MS-13 member who had crossed the border illegally.
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Meanwhile, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he was “absolutely concerned about the connection to the group.”
“We have shown in the past that some of these accompanying minors are MS-13,” he added.