(RepublicanReport.com) – The Mara Salvatrucha, better known as MS-13, has one of the biggest and deadliest gang presences in the United States today. Having begun in Los Angeles in the 1980s, it now reportedly has over 50,000 operatives who are active in at least six countries.
Since its inception, the gang has expanded and modified its approach to crime and profiteering. In Guatemala and Honduras, it remains a predominantly urban entity, while in El Salvador it has also become a rural operation. MS-13 has also spread its influence in the US, with cells known to be operating in rural areas in places like Long Island and North Carolina. Authorities have even discovered activity in some areas of Europe.
MS-13 Arrests in New York
On Wednesday, April 14, local police in New York apprehended four suspected MS-13 members in a car with a dead body in the trunk. All four were already the subject of a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) probe. Authorities were not sure if the suspects had entered America legally.
Apprehensions of Gang Members at the Border
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have also arrested three MS-13 members attempting to gain access to the United States in separate incidents over the past week. Two of the arrests were made in California, while the other was in Texas. A report from the Washington Examiner suggested that while the occasional detention of a gang member does happen, this volume of arrests is a result of the immigration problems that have arisen since Joe Biden entered office.
It’s important to remember that we only know about these individuals because they were apprehended. There could be plenty of MS-13 members coming across our border undetected, especially considering the scale of the current challenge. Unless the White House begins to address the crisis properly, it’s possible more and more dangerous criminals will arrive into our communities.
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