There were nearly 22,000 “potential recruits” for the violent El Salvadorian MS-13 gang resettled across the United States as Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) in 2017, according to an official. …
Of the almost 41,000 UACs resettled across the country, Melendez said about 21,881 are from either El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras and are male, as well as “in the right age for gang recruitment” ranging between 13 to 17 years old.
Melendez said [emphasis added]:
What I’m saying, understanding MS-13, is that they’re looking at these 21,000 unaccompanied alien children that came into those states as potential recruits to continue to fill in their ranks … Another thing that we’ve been able to look at is, across certain operations that we’ve been able to manage throughout the last couple of years, 30 percent is a consistent number that we’ve seen of MS-13 members that have been arrested that came into this country as unaccompanied alien children.
[John Cronan with the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division]:
The reason MS-13 is so massive in our country, the reason why they have 10,000 members in 40 states and the District of Columbia, is because many of those gang members have illegally entered our country.
When we fail to enforce our immigration and human smuggling laws, when we have loopholes in our immigration laws, and when we have porous borders and insufficient enforcement of our immigration laws, MS-13 can simply replenish its jail population by sending more and more gang members across our borders.
I heard the DHS secretary testify before congress a few weeks ago that when unaccompanied minors have MS-13 tattoos on them they are admitted to the country. Of course they are given hearing dates but they never show up.