Paul Berard writes that report from the Center for Immigration Studies, MS-13 spreads to 22 states, fed by 300,000 illegals, DACA recipients, tied to 207 murders
One MS-13 clique leader in Frederick, Md., who had received a DACA work permit and was employed as a custodian at a middle school in Frederick, Md., and who was recently incarcerated for various gang-related crimes, reportedly was told by gang leaders in El Salvador to take advantage of the lenient policies on UACs to bring in new recruits, knowing that they would be allowed to resettle in the area with few questions asked. Several of these unaccompanied minors now have been arrested and incarcerated for various crimes, including a vicious random attack on a sheriff’s deputy in 2015.
Crime, torture and theft are the trademarks of the gang.
“The MS-13 members identified in the cases we found were accused of very serious crimes, including 207 murders. More than 100 were accused of conspiracy/racketeering, and dozens of others were charged with drug trafficking, sex trafficking, attempted murder, sexual assaults, and extortion,” said the report. Vaughan is the center’s policy director.
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., introduced “Protecting our Communities from Gang Violence Act,” which would revoke the citizenship of people who acquired citizenship through naturalization and got involved in gang activity either ten years prior or within ten years of becoming a citizen.
The Center for Immigration Studies blog reports on MS-13 and Sex Trafficking, and how the gang preys on undocumented girls,
The website Human Trafficking Search describes how MS-13 is able to obtain the victims it exploits:
In the United States, victims of MS-13 tend to be Latino immigrant girls or girls from the Northern Triangle countries who came into the country as unaccompanied minors. Once the unaccompanied minors are smuggled into the United States, they become prime targets for human trafficking. HHS places minors either in foster care, with family or a sponsor. The majority of unaccompanied minors end up in California, New York, Texas, and the Washington DC area that includes Maryland and Virginia — states that have large Central American populations and thus large MS-13 populations. … MS-13 preys on the vulnerability of the unaccompanied minors; some have previously suffered sexual abuse either in their home country or during the trip north; others lack a community and do not speak English. Members of MS-13 seek out the vulnerable young girls using violence and other coercive tactics to intimidate the girl into having sex for money to help financially support the gang. Runaways are also appealing to the MS-13. Family problems, transitions from foster care and economic problems are some of the reasons that unaccompanied minors run away from their homes. Many of the unaccompanied minors may have experienced sexual abuse, exploitation or physical abuse in their home countries or during their migration to the United States and even more suffer from poverty and lack of a stable social network. These are all factors that make young girls more susceptible to human trafficking.
The money that the gang makes from these horrendous crimes supports its other criminal activities. In October 2012, the Treasury Department designated MS-13 as a “transnational criminal organization“.
Transnational indeed,MS13 Trial in Spain Highlights Gang’s Struggle for International Unity
From InSight Crime’s MS13 in the Americas: Major Findings,
- The MS13 is a largely urban phenomenon that has cells operating in two continents.
- The MS13 is a social organization first, and a criminal organization second.
- The MS13 is a diffuse organization of sub-parts, with no single leader or leadership structure that directs the entire gang.
- The MS13 has guidelines more than rules, which are subject to varying interpretations.
- MS13 violence is brutal and purposeful.
- The MS13’s diffuse nature makes it hard for it to control its own expressions of violence.
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- The MS13 is a transnational gang, not a transnational criminal organization (TCO).
Read the full report.