Breitbart Texas: A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reveals that the hyper-violent MS-13 transnational criminal gang has spread to 22 U.S. states. The gang accounted for 207 murders, mostly in California, Maryland, New York, and Virginia since 2012. The rapid growth is attributed in the report to the influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children from Central American countries like El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.
CIS Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan researched MS-13 gang activity over the past six years and found the arrests of 506 MS-13 members who were charged with crimes in 22 states. Of those, 207 were murders and more than 100 cases were racketeering, drug trafficking, sex trafficking, attempted murder, sexual assaults, and extortion.
Of the 506 MS-13 gang members arrested, 126 were positively identified in reports as illegal immigrants, Vaughan reported. The number is likely higher as many states do not identify the legal status of the accused in their reports. Of the 207 accused murderers, 38 were identified as illegal immigrants.
“The Trump administration has declared war on MS-13, the notoriously brutal gang based in El Salvador,” Vaughan stated in the report. “A similar initiative launched by the Bush administration in 2005 stifled the gang’s activity after several years, but the gang has been able to rebuild itself here since 2012.” READ MORE