MS-13 gangs, the Salvadorian organized crime organization, is so large and powerful that half of the arrests of gang members on the border are members of that organization. The Washington Examiner reports:
MS-13 members made up more than half of the 808 gang members Border Patrol agents apprehended at international boundaries in fiscal 2018, according to newly released data.
Exactly 413 members of Mara Salvatrucha, comprised primarily of Salvadoran citizens, were encountered while illegally crossing into the U.S. at or between border crossings from Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018.
MS-13 apprehensions at the border are up significantly from 228 in 2017 and 253 in 2016, according to Customs and Border Protection data.
Five years ago, a total 437 MS-13 affiliates were arrested. The total number of people encountered by CBP was around 690,000 both in 2016 and 2018.
MS-13 is not just a problem at the border, but in all major cities of the country, including the distant New York and Washington. Border security concerns all Americans, and is a federal issue. Will the Federal government take this public safety threat as seriously as they should?