MS-13 members are infiltrating a federal facility for Central American youths illegally entering the United States — trying to cross the border with criminal pasts and recruiting others to join the notoriously violent, California-based gang, sources tell Fox News.
Shawn Moran, of the National Border Patrol Council, said the gang leaders are recruiting pre-teens, as they typically do, and following the lead of drug cartels also trying to fill their ranks from among the estimated 57,000 unaccompanied youths and others who have come to the U.S. from Central America in roughly the past nine months.
He said agents have witnessed the recruiting at the Border Patrol’s facility in Nogales, Ariz., and that gang members are using a Red Cross phone bank there to “recruit, enlist and pressure” others illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
“It makes sense that MS-13 would do the same,” said Moran, vice president for the union, which represents border patrol agents.
“We know it’s happening because agents are telling us,” Moran told Fox News. “The Border Patrol is trying to downplay it.”
He said agents have overhead the phone bank conversations and that potential recruits are given a phone number to call and say they are “willing to join” the gang.
MS-13 also has a large presence in El Salvador, which has in part led to many Central American youths fleeing that country. So at least some gang members would more than likely be among the tens of thousands of young illegal Central Americans who have recently arrived at the border, sources say.
How many of these gang-bangers are going to be housed on Martha’s Vineyard this summer, I wonder? I know of one place with a whole lot of space. Move over, Sasha. Make room, Malia.
Cannonball! And RPG! And AK-47! And IED! And SAM!
PS: Texas Governor Rick Perry recently claimed illegal aliens accounted for over 3,000 murders in recent years. PolitiFact debunks the number, but in doing so, they link to a chart depicting the total number of crimes committed by criminal aliens:
PolitiFact’s refutation is that they can find only 6,700 total homicides in the period covered. How likely, they ask, is it for illegals to have committed nearly half of them? Look at the chart: it looks plenty likely to me.
Anyway is 2,000 murders, instead of 3,000, committed by criminal aliens really something to crow about?