Agents in Hidalgo, Texas on Friday encountered a group of 17 migrants – one of whom was discovered to be an El Salvadoran with convictions for aggravated homicide and attempted homicide, border officials said. The man is also an MS-13 gang member, according to authorities.
MS-13, also called Mara Salvatrucha, was set up in Los Angeles by Central American immigrants and has expanded across the continent – particularly in Northern Triangle countries like El Salvador and Guatemala.
It is known for its particularly horrific and gruesome crimes, and its motto is said to be “mata, viola, controla” – which means “kill, rape, control.”
Also on Friday, another MS-13 member was located in a group of 65 migrants near La Joya. Just two days later, again in Hidalgo, agents encountered one MS-13 member in a group of 11 migrants, who had previously been deported.
Later on Sunday than say they located another, who had been convicted of assault causing bodily injury in Dallas in 2010 and who had been sentenced to 90 days for the crime. He also had an active warrant out for his arrest — again in Dallas for aggravated sexual assault of a child.
The arrest of gang members with criminal records is a regular occurrence at the southern border. Earlier this month, agents nabbed a number of criminal illegal immigrants including sex offenders with prior convictions and an MS-13 gang member.
There were 9,278 arrests of criminal migrants in FY 2021, until the end of August, compared to 2,438 in FY 2020 and 4,269 in FY 2019. September numbers have not yet been released
Meanwhile, there were 105 arrests of MS-gang members in FY21, up from 72 in FY20 and down from 464 in FY19.