Border Patrol agents in South Texas arrested five Salvadoran MS-13 members illegally entering the U.S. Two of the dangerous gang members had previously been deported. The arrests occurred over a three-day period, reports Breitbart.
The arrests happened near the McAllen Border Patrol Station in the Rio Grande Valley Sector when the agents encountered a Salvadoran woman near Hidalgo, Texas, on February 3. The agents arrested her and conducted a background investigation. The agents learned she is a member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13).
The following day, McAllen Station agents working near Granjeno, Texas, captured another Salvadoran man as he illegally crossed the border from Mexico. After arresting him, agents conducted records check that revealed criminal convictions in Denton County, Texas, for possession of a controlled substance.
They then discovered that the immigration officials had deported this gang member on multiple occasions.
Later that day, agents working near Havana, Texas, discovered a group of nine migrants who had entered the U.S. illegally. Agents identified one of the nine as an MS-13 member and learned that immigration officers deported the man on two separate occasions.
On Monday, agents assigned to the Corpus Christi station received a call from local law enforcement officials in Jackson County, Texas. The agents responded and determined the four individuals being held by local police were in the U.S. illegally. After conducting a background investigation, the agents learned that one of the men was also a confirmed MS-13 member.
McAllen Station agents then arrested a fifth Salvadoran national later that day. The Salvadorian was determined to also be a member of MS-13.
The previously deported gang members will likely be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas for illegal re-entry after removal. The remaining members and illegal aliens will be processed for removal or prosecution.
These catches are timely, as they come when President Trump called for a shutdown of the government if Congress did not act to help close immigration loopholes that allow MS-13 gang members, to enter the U.S. as unaccompanied minors and as part of migrant family units.
“Frankly, I’ll go a step further, if we don’t change the legislation, if we don’t get rid of these loopholes where killers are allowed to come into our country … if we don’t change it let’s have a shutdown, we’ll do a shutdown,” Trump said. “It’s worth it for our country.”