Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, announced on Wednesday that a whistleblower has uncovered documents proving that the Obama administration allowed at least 16 MS-13 gang members to stay in the U.S. in 2014.
Customs and Border Protection documents have revealed that after being apprehended, the illegal immigrant gang members were then sent to juvenile homes across the country even though immigration officials knew how dangerous they were.
“CBP apprehended them, knew they were MS-13 gang members, and they processed and disbursed them into our communities,” Johnson said.
MS13 has used US schools to recruit members; the typical member today is younger & more violent than in years past. https://t.co/LUKkkycYqi
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) May 24, 2017
The teenagers arrived in the U.S. as part of the huge migration of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) which overwhelmed the Obama administration in 2014. Claiming that the minor teens should be treated as refugees fleeing from local violence, border officials mislead the public by allowing the dangerous criminals into the juvenile system where they would have the ability to recruit other children into their violent gangs.
“Out of nearly 200,000 UAC apprehended between from 2012 to 2016, 68 percent were ages 15, 16 or 17 — meaning older teens,” according to a report, which noted that the majority of UAC were male, which makes them ideal targets for gang recruitment.
Even as the Trump administration strives to put an end to the violent MS-13 gang, which has more than 10,000 members living among US residents, Johnson and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini warned that new and young immigrants are still constantly being recruited.
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