Four members of the MS-13 gang and two other migrants previously jailed for sexual crimes were apprehended by Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector (RGV) agents.
The four migrants were actively involved in the MS-13 street gang. According to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, two had previously been deported.
MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, is an international criminal gang from the 1970s and 1980s in Los Angeles, California. Initially, the group was formed to protect Salvadoran immigrants in the Los Angeles area from other gangs.
The gang evolved into a more typical criminal organization over time. MS-13 is known for its brutality and rivalry with the 18th Street gang. They are currently active in the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Most members are Central American, Salvadorans in particular.
On Nov. 9, one individual was apprehended by Brownsville Border Patrol Station officials after he unlawfully entered the United States near McAllen, Texas. Records checks at the station indicated that the 37-year-old Guatemalan national had been convicted of lewd, lascivious behavior with a child under 16. The defendant received a sentence of more than 21 months in prison.
On Nov. 12, a group of six migrants was apprehended near Roma by Rio Grande City Border Patrol officials. According to records, one of the subjects has an active warrant for his arrest for lascivious battery out of Orange County, Florida.
The arrests come as the federal government attempts to protect the border amid a surge in illegal crossings.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has criticized the Biden administration for the influx of migrants entering his state. As a result, Abbott announced that he had sent National Guard troops and the state Department of Public Safety to the border to stop migrant caravans from entering the country, reported NY Post.
“At the direction of Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas Military Department is committed to securing the Texas border. As part of Operation Lone Star (OLS), Texas DPS continues to enforce all state violations of law including, but not limited to, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, smuggling, and human trafficking,” DPS said in a statement.