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Notorious MS-13 Gang Members ‘Exploiting the Influx of Migrants’ at Southern Border

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The coverage of gangs such as MS-13 has taken a backseat to Al Qaeda, ISIS and COVID-19. Unfortunately, the problem is too big to ignore. “Members from the notoriously violent transnational gangs MS-13 and 18th Street are reportedly taking advantage of the migrant surge at the southern border to cross into the United States” reports Foreign Desk News.

In only one week, five gang members were arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Texas’ Laredo Sector. Members of both gangs were apprehended. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak tweeted “they attempt to evade arrest by exploiting the influx of migrants attempting to enter our country.”

Senior Advisor for Government Relations at The Heritage Foundation Mike Howell told The Foreign Desk “gangs see a wide-open border and a Biden Administration who not only won’t remove them but has promised them everything from government benefits to a U.S. passport.”

News of the gang member arrests come just as Biden announced he is raising the refugee admissions cap to four times greater than during the Trump administration. Reports of repeat violent criminals and offenders crossing the border have also been rampant.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), MS-13’s motto is “kill, rape, control.” InSight Crime and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies describe the gang’s tactics as “brutal and purposeful.”

Despite all the border horror, under the Biden administration, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Friday that military funding used to build the border wall will be reallocated to other projects.

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  1. Bill Powell

    May 6, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Now after Trump’s policies led to the arrest and deportation of many of these criminals, the Democrats are letting the vermin back in. Don’t tell me they are not purposely causing chaos, confusion and crime. The Donks are a particularly evil breed of human.

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Biden Administration Leaves Border Patrol in Impossible Situation, Then Chastises Them

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Photos and video were released of the almost 15,000 migrants, primarily from Haiti, congregating under a bridge in a Texas border town over the weekend. Overcrowding and pleas from local politicians and border patrol agents prompted the Department of Homeland Security to expel over 6,000 Haitians on flights back to Haiti.

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have been pathetically absent from the increasing crisis their administration created at the southern border. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was forced to take action and issued a statement that was long overdue.

“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life” said Mayorkas. The expulsion of the 6,000 migrants, with more on the way, is legal action the U.S. can take, thanks to a pandemic-related authority implemented by former President Donald Trump in March of 2020.

President Biden upheld Trump’s policy but exempted unaccompanied children. As of Saturday, a peak number of 14,872 migrants were at the bridge trying to get into the United States. Mayorkas said 600 Homeland Security employees, including Coast Guard, have been brought to the border town to aid in the border chaos.

Photos and video emerged of officials on horseback trying to keep migrants from crossing the river which prompted White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki to finally make a comment regarding the border. She took the chance to chastise the very people her boss forced into the situation.

“I don’t think anyone seeing that footage would think it acceptable or appropriate” Psaki said of the “horrific” footage and called for an investigation. A solution to the border crisis itself, however, was not discussed.

In an afternoon news conference, both Mayorkas and U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said they did not see anything obviously wrong from the photos and videos. Mayorkas even explains agents use long reins, not whips, to control their horses. Ortiz mentioned it can be confusing to distinguish migrants from smugglers as people frantically cross the river back and forth.

Later on Monday, the Department of Homeland Security did issue a statement calling the footage “extremely troubling” and promised an investigation to “define the appropriate disciplinary actions to be taken.”

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Border Agents Accused Of Whipping Migrants Taken Off Law Enforcement Duties

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On Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that U.S. Border Patrol agents that had been falsely accused of using “whips” on Haitian illegal immigrants are no longer conducting law enforcement duties while the incident is investigated.

“Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who initially backed the agents before changing his stance amid outrage from the White House and left-wing Democrats, told a House Committee that the agents had been taken off the frontlines amid an investigation that he expected to take days, rather than weeks,” Fox News reported.

“We have ensured that the individuals during the pendency of the investigation are not conducting law enforcement duties to interact with migrants, but rather are conducting only administrative duties,” Mayorkas told the Committee.

“The facts will drive the actions that we take,” he said. “We ourselves will pull no punches and we need to conduct this investigation thoroughly, but very quickly. It will be completed in days, if not weeks.”

The announcement comes as U.S. Border Patrol is already being overwhelmed by the record-high levels of illegal immigration, which has passed 200,000 border encounters for the second consecutive month – the first time that number has been reached in 21 years.

In response to the illegal immigration surge, which began in March, a group of 26 governors sent a letter to President Biden urging him to take action to stop the flood of illegal immigrants across the southern border.

“The months-long surge in illegal crossings has instigated an international humanitarian crisis, spurred a spike in international criminal activity, and opened the floodgates to human traffickers and drug smugglers endangering public health and safety in our states,” the letter said, in part. “A crisis that began at our southern border now extends beyond to every state and requires immediate action before the situation worsens.”

However, reducing the number of U.S. Border Patrol agents able to perform law enforcement duties appears to be taking a step in the opposite direction.

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