HHS Transferring Illegal Unaccompanied Minors with Potential MS-13 Ties to Gang Stronghold Cities

Reports show the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is transferring thousands of unaccompanied illegal minors, some of whom have already been identified as gang members by U.S. Border Patrol agents, to large U.S. cities that rank among the top strongholds of the American gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13.

As CNSNews.com reports, a 2008 report indicates that MS-13 is one of two predominantly Latino gangs whose membership has spread from the Los Angeles area to other U.S. communities. MS-13 and the 18th Street gang (M-18), the report states, are becoming “transnational,” in that they are being established in Central America and Mexico.

The report continues: “Evidence suggests that these gangs are engaged in criminal enterprises normally associated with better organized and more sophisticated crime syndicates,” and “gang members may be involved in smuggling operations and, by extension, could potentially use their skills and criminal networks to smuggle terrorists into the United States.”

Cities listed as strongholds of MS-13 include Washington, D.C. and the surrounding Northern Virginia area, Los Angeles, Houston, New York City, Baltimore, and Nashville.

The more than 57,000 illegal unaccompanied minors who have flooded across the U.S. border from Mexico since October of last year have come from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador – all countries with strong ties to MS-13 and other Latin American gangs and crime operations.


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