Kirsters Baish | Roughly 100 members of the infamous and violent gang, MS-13, were admitted into the United States of America as “unaccompanied minors” within the last 11 months. This report came directly from government data.
CNS News reported that a study was conducted by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement which found that 99 gang members were granted status. Roughly two thirds were also granted “Special Immigrant Juvenile” status.
The illegal immigrants were taken into custody by ICE as part of their Operation Matador. ICE has called Operation Matador a “unified effort to combat the proliferation of MS-13 and other transnational criminal gang activity in Long Island, the New York City metropolitan area and the Hudson Valley.”
Federal immigration authorities have taken in 475 illegals because of the operation.
“Ninety-nine individuals arrested during this operation crossed the border as unaccompanied minors, all of which were confirmed as MS-13 gang members,” the ICE statement explained.
ICE also stated that “64 individuals arrested during this operation obtained Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ) after entering the country, all of which were confirmed as MS-13 gang members.”
The agency also reported that by receiving the responsibility “provides certain children who have been subject to state juvenile court proceedings related to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or a similar basis under state law the ability to seek lawful permanent residence in the United States.”
ICE is being provided with resources by federal authorities from the Department of Homeland Security as well as local law enforcement in the state of New York for Operation Matador.
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The operation started in May of 2017, and since it started Hempstead, Piermont, Suffolk County, Nassau County, Rockland County, Sullivan County, and Ulster County authorities have helped DHS with their arrests. ICE reported that most of the 500 who were arrested were “confirmed as gang members and affiliates.”
Two MS-13 members who were arrested have confessed to murders that they committed within the borders of their homeland.
ICE described one man as a gang member “from El Salvador who admitted to killing rival gang members at the age of 12 in his home country and assimilated to the gang on Long Island.”
Besides the 274 MS-13 members, ICE reported that perhaps the “most prominent” gang that was represented in their arrests was “the 18th Street gang with 15 arrests.” A lot of immigrants who were arrested had connections with known street gangs. ICE reported that “80 had additional criminal histories, including prior convictions for assault and weapons charges.”
ICE also stated that at least five of these gang affiliated illegals “are facing serious criminal charges.”
Western Journal reported:
In addition to the broader issue of immigration, President Donald Trump has frequently made it a point to denounce MS-13 as a dangerous entity inside America’s borders.
He has referred to the gang’s members as “animals,” and in his first State of the Union speech implored lawmakers to “finally close the deadly loopholes” he said have allowed MS-13 members to enter the U.S.
It’s a wonder that the left doesn’t understand just why we need this border wall so badly. Our country’s protection depends on Trump’s border wall.