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Report: Over one-third of MS-13 members recently arrested arrived as “Unaccompanied Minors”

December 5, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Report: Over one-third of MS-13 members recently arrested arrived as “Unaccompanied Minors”

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Federal documents indicate that one-third of MS-13 gang members taken into custody in recent weeks could have been categorized as Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) when they entered the country illegally. This year, over 40,000 UACs were resettled across the United States.

Since the surge of UACs in 2014, MS-13 gang membership has seen shocking increases, which has resulted in an intensification of gang-related violence.

Federal documents indicated that of the 214 MS-13 gang members arrested in recent weeks, at least one-third of the suspects “would have been UACs,” according to Fox News.

Reports from the Office of Refugee Resettlement show that the agency placed over 40,000 UACs around the U.S. during the most recent fiscal year.

According to Breitbart Texas, there was an increase in the amount of UACs being taken into custody at the border in August compared the previous month. It was the fourth month of surges in UAC apprehensions at the border.

Among those detained in August (which is the most recent month that numbers are available) a large majority of the 2,994 UACs occurred in Texas.

Year-to-Date figures show that 38,495 UACs were apprehended along the border with Mexico.

Numbers reported in August revealed that 8,750 UACs from El Salvador were apprehended. El Salvador is the birthplace of MS-13. A total of 13, 694 UACs from Guatemala were arrested, and another 7,314 from Honduras.

Immigration experts said that even if the UACs did not come to the country as MS-13 members, they have become targets for recruitment and are forced into gang membership under threat or face violent consequences.

Fox News referred to a case in Islip, New York, where UACs were linked to a violent murder carried out by MS-13.

“In their effort to expand membership and gain traction within our communities, they target children in school,” acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan revealed in a statement.

“Schools have become ground zero for MS-13 recruitment. Children face retribution from the gang for refusing,” the ICE director added. “They transform into the lethal MS-13 gang members that they once feared.”

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