The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has decided they should start vetting more carefully the “sponsors” who come forward to take custody of unaccompanied illegal alien minors – they might be gang members.
Over a quarter million illegal alien “unaccompanied children” have been apprehended at the U.S. border during the last six years – 227,149 according to U.S. Border Patrol reports. Many of these youth end up being recruited by gangs, such as MS-13, reports Fox News. Some of the minors are “fresh recruits” and other are hardened “sleepers”, using the system to get into the country, while some were already infiltrated into the gangs before they every entered the U.S.
Andrea Helling, spokeswoman for the HHS, said, “Our safety standards have increased. In the last few months screening procedures of children and sponsors has increased in their intensity which we hadn’t done previously.”
According to federal law, all unaccompanied illegal “children” under age 18 who are caught at the border must be assigned to the HHS department until they can be matched up with a relative or sponsor. Many are reportedly “loosely supervised youths lacking in language and coping skills” who are quickly recruited by criminal gang members.
In 2015, Long Island received 2,093 unaccompanied illegal alien children, and from October 2013 to July 2016, the entire state of New York received 12,478 children from Central America.
Meanwhile, MS-13 is one of the largest street gangs on Long Island, accounting for more than 20 murders and over 250 convictions since 2003.
In June 2015, three El Salvadoran illegal minors, ages 17, 17 and 18 were charged with the brutal rape of a 16-year-old girl at a golf course.
Other areas also have seen a huge spike in MS-13 crime, who have also had a huge increase in the number of illegal alien children received.
Texas has received almost 16,000 illegal unaccompanied minors during the same period, from October 2013 to July 2016, while MS-13 gang membership has jumped to around 800.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection released astounding numbers on Monday, reporting that border patrol agents caught 5,804 unaccompanied illegal alien children at the border just for the month of August 2016 alone.
For the ten months of fiscal year 2016, Border Patrol reports a total of 54,052 unaccompanied illegal alien children who were caught at the border.
These numbers only reflect those who were caught, and do not include all the illegal alien minors who slipped into the country undetected and are not in custody of HHS.
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