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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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DeSantis to Legislate Ban Working With Contractors who Help Biden’s ‘Mass Human Smuggling Operation’

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle when it comes to helping illegal immigrants do things, well, illegally, he wants the perpetrators to have consequences.

Speaking specifically about contractors who are flying illegal immigrants around the country, DeSantis said, “They’ve done over 70 flights in the last six months, dump people here. And we had – a few weeks ago – one of those people that Biden dumped, ended up committing a murder in northeast Florida.”

“Our view is, if they’re going to be dumping, we want to be able to facilitate transfer to places like Delaware, and, so, we have $8 million in my new budget to be able to do that” he added. He is also looking to pass legislation which will ban contractors who work with the Biden administration on the flights from doing business with the state of Florida.

We are going to pass legislation that says if you are facilitating Biden’s policies—which is effectively a mass human smuggling operation—you are not going to be able to do business with the state of Florida or other local governments,” DeSantis said.

Fox News reports “DeSantis’s office has previously claimed that the Biden administration has flown migrants to Jacksonville, Fla., in order to ease crowding at border facilities.”

“On average, there’s 36 passengers on each of these flights. And that has been going on over the course of the summer through September,” Florida public safety czar Larry Keefe told the Washington Examiner in November.

Earlier this year, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed a New York Post report that the administration was flying migrants from Texas to New York. Psaki said unaccompanied minors on those flights were “en route to their final destination to be reunified with their parents or vetted sponsor” reports Fox News.

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Former DEA Agent who Conspired with Colombian Cartel Sentenced to 12 Years

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Despite his attorney’s interesting defense that “when my client joined the DEA he was schooled in how to be corrupt” former agent Jose Irizarry has been sentenced. The former U.S. narcotics agent “used his badge to build a lavish lifestyle of expensive cars, parties on yachts and Tiffany jewels” reports NBC News.

Irizarry was sentenced to “more than 12 years in federal prison Thursday for conspiring to launder money with a Colombian cartel.” Irizarry admitted to his crimes, but the defense for his case was to blame his former colleagues at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

“When my client joined the DEA he was schooled in how to be corrupt, he was schooled in how to break the law” said his attorney Maria Dominguez in court. “In this alternate universe it became easier and less suspect to accept money and gifts” from criminal informants who worked with the narcotics agency.

In handing down her sentence Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Charlene Honeywell addressed any failings by the DEA for its handling of corrupt agents by “the allure of easy money.” She said it also needed to be investigated.

“This has to stop…you were the one who got caught but it is apparent to this court that there are others.” NBC News reports:

Irizarry’s allegations underscore the porous oversight he received during his career, in which he was entrusted with the government’s use of front companies, shell bank accounts and couriers to combat international drug trafficking.

They also raise new questions about whether his colleagues in the Miami field office, where Irizarry’s criminal activity began, similarly abused the badge in their handling of confidential informants who every year move tens of millions of dollars in dirty money under the DEA’s supervision.

Dominguez in court filings revealed that since Irizarry’s arrest last year he has met with prosecutors for “endless hours” to provide information on the criminal activities of “fellow law-enforcement agents who initiated him in a life of crime.”

Honeywell recently sealed “sensitive” documents filed in the criminal case, saying their disclosure could potentially impede an ongoing criminal investigation, cause targets to flee and hinder cooperation from other witnesses. So far, other than Irizarry’s wife, Nathalia Gomez-Irizarry, and a Colombian customs worker, nobody else has been charged in the conspiracy.

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