Sen Ron Johnson said that a whistleblower had supplied him with documents from the Obama administration that proves that Barack Obama knew MS-13 gang members were coming into the country and allowed them into the country even though he was well aware of the violence they perpetrate. The whistleblower turned over documents from the Customs and Border Protection (CPB) documents from 2014 detailing the 16 people who were caught crossing the border.
“CBP apprehended them, knew they were MS-13 gang members, and they processed and disbursed them into our communities.”
The gang members were part of the surge of UAC, or “unaccompanied alien children,” as the government labels them, who overwhelmed the Obama administration in 2014, leaving Homeland Security struggling to staunch the flow from Central America.
Officials at the time said the children should be treated as refugees fleeing horrific conditions back home — though security analysts said the children were prime recruiting territory for gangs already in the U.S.
Mr. Johnson said the image of UAC as little children is misleading. Out of nearly 200,000 UAC apprehended between from 2012 to 2016, 68 percent were ages 15, 16 or 17 — meaning older teens. The majority were also male, making them targets for gang recruiting.
There have been a series of anecdotal reports, however, of UAC who were placed into community schools and ended up taking part in violent gang activities.
“The gangs surf the internet, building dossiers on potential recruits,” Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger said.
He said that while local gangs kill over drug disputes, MS-13 kills because of perceived gang ties or to enforce discipline within the gang.
“The homicides related to MS-13, it’s just because we can, and we will and because of the fear that instills,” Chief Manger said.
MS-13 has also begun extorting money from local immigrant families and businesses, warning of reprisals to their families back home if those living here in the U.S. don’t pay up, Chief Manger said.
MS-13 is notoriously violent, with beheadings or amputations by machete a not-infrequent punishment inflicted on those that defy the gang.