The Obama Administration KNOWINGLY Let MS-13 Gang Members into U.S.
During the campaign, then-candidate Trump mentioned that many illegals coming into the United States were gang-bangers and dope dealers.
The Left jumped on his comment in hopes of scoring points with Latinos. Unfortunately for them, their ruse backfired and for good reason: the truth.
A top senator just revealed that at least 16 teenage immigrants admitted to the U.S. were known gang members. Then, internal documents reveal that the teens were sent to juvenile homes throughout the country.
Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said a whistleblower turned over Customs and Border Protection documents from 2014 detailing the 16 people who were caught crossing the border.
“CBP apprehended them, knew they were MS-13 gang members, and they processed and disbursed them into our communities,” Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said.
The gang members were part of the surge of UAC, or “unaccompanied alien children,” as the government labels them, who overwhelmed the Obama administration in 2014, leaving Homeland Security struggling to staunch the flow from Central America.
Officials at the time said the children should be treated as refugees fleeing horrific conditions back home — though security analysts said the children were prime recruiting territory for gangs already in the U.S.
Mr. Johnson said the image of UAC as little children is misleading. Out of nearly 200,000 UAC apprehended between from 2012 to 2016, 68 percent were ages 15, 16 or 17 — meaning older teens. The majority were also male, making them targets for gang recruiting.
Violence at School
Violence in schools is a growing problem. Many of these unaccompanied teen immigrants wind up in gangs and participate in terrorizing our students. Earlier this spring, a dozen MS-13 gang members were indicted for killing several high school students in Long Island.
In another incident earlier this year, Maryland police found that children as young as 5th grade were being targeted to join the gang. But their sinister activities are far worse than you think.
MS-13 has also begun extorting money from local immigrant families and businesses, warning of reprisals to their families back home if those living here in the U.S. don’t pay up, Chief Manger said.
MS-13 is notoriously violent, with beheadings or amputations by machete a not-infrequent punishment inflicted on those that defy the gang.
Scott Michael Conley, a police detective in Chelsea, Massachusetts, said the gang is well-established on the west coast, where it is heavily invested in drug trafficking, and in El Salvador, where its extortion network is deep.
Detective Conley said MS-13 is still developing on the East Coast, biding its time while trying to get its leadership in place.
“Once they establish that leadership base you’ll start to see a more sophisticated gang,” Detective Conley said.
Obama Turned a Blind Eye
In addition to his lax immigration laws, Obama practically encouraged the growth of MS-13.
With approximately 50,000 members globally, MS-13 has more than 10,000 members in the United States. In fact, at least 42 states have known MS-13 problems. And these problems manifest themselves in a variety of ways, including human trafficking.
Human trafficking is big business for Mara Salvatrucha. Members recruit young Central American immigrants, usually girls, some recently arrived in the US, others shipped in by the gang, as well as female runaways, and force them into prostitution. Many of the girls have a history of sexual abuse. In 2009, there were nine child prostitution rings discovered in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, most run by MS-13. If such activity is indicative of gang activity in all territories, the number of operations and victims could be staggering.
Such activity is easy money for the gang; they barely spend anything on the product (young girls), because they get it for free. According to NPR, the only thing the gang has to spend on regarding the girls is drugs and alcohol to keep them subdued.
Obama ushered MS-13 in, however President Trump wants them gone.
The Washington Times noted that Trump deported 398 gang members to El Salvador in the first part of the year. Compare this with 534 the Obama administration deported in all of 2016, according to Salvadoran government statistics.
Under President Trump, you can bet that El Salvador won’t be the only country getting back its criminals.