MS-13 Knows How to Exploit Our Immigration Laws!

The dangerous gang MS-13 is made up of criminals who pretend to be children to exploit weaknesses in our immigration laws.

Apparently, MS-13 has started threatening American law enforcement.

Frankly, it is old news that MS-13 has been exploiting our laws regarding minors in order to get past immigration restrictions. It has been going on during the Obama Presidency though I don’t remember hearing much about it from the Administration. Hopefully, under President Trump, law enforcement will actually remove MS-13 from American society.

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The Washington Times reports, “MS-13 members game U.S. immigration system by claiming they’re underage.

MS-13 is paying smugglers to coach gang members on how to game the U.S. immigration system, teaching underage members to claim UAC status — and telling those over 18 to lie and claim they are underage — to try to gain quick, easy access to the U.S., government officials said Thursday.

Rep. Peter T. King, a New York Republican, said his district is such a hotbed of MS-13 activity that authorities are “right now digging for bodies within a mile of my house.” He said some families are forced to facilitate gang members’ arrivals and are pressured by gangs to become sponsors and claim the children when they arrive.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed the pipeline.

“They recruit young children, they train them how to be smuggled across our border, how to then join up with gang members in the United States,” she told Congress.

The government this week detailed such a case from this month in Arizona, where Border Patrol agents nabbed an 18-year-old from El Salvador. He first claimed to be underage to try to claim UAC status. Under questioning, he acknowledged he was an adult and was part of MS-13 — though he insisted he was trying to leave the gang.

Unaccompanied alien children — those who arrive at the U.S. border without their parents — are among the trickiest populations of illegal immigrants.

They began to surge toward the U.S. in 2012 and crested in 2014, overwhelming an Obama administration that was ill-equipped to handle them. In addition to gangs, some UAC were turned over to criminals, who forced them into labor or otherwise abused them.

More than five years into the crisis, the UAC numbers are once again rising — and the administration is still struggling to get a grip on matters, as officials made clear in hearings Thursday on both sides of the Capitol.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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