U.S. Border Patrol took into custody three MS-13 gang members and a sexual predator, all in the U.S. illegally over the weekend of Sept. 24-25 around Edinburg, Texas.
Agents from Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector made the arrests, including that of a Salvadoran man who was wanted by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office for indecency with a child. The arrest warrant for the alleged pedophile was dated over a year ago: March 17, 2015.
The three arrested MS-13 members each represented a Northern Triangle country: Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Northern Triangle is the term for the three aforementioned Central American countries that most MS-13 members hail from. The Department of the Treasury has designated MS-13 a transnational criminal organization, meaning that it has financial resources and reach across borders.
The National Border Patrol Council, a union made up of Border Patrol agents, endorsed GOP nominee Donald Trump in March, never having previously endorsed a presidential candidate while the primaries were still underway. Trump secured another major endorsement Monday ahead of his first presidential debate against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, when the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, made up of 5,000 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees, backed the Republican candidate.
Immigration and border security have been major issues throughout the presidential campaign. Trump has said that if he is elected president, he would build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico border which Mexico would pay for.
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