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MS-13: THE CONTINUING MENACE

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By Michelle Malkin  •  January 10, 2006 02:00 PM

I’ve reported before on the illegal alien gang MS-13′s past threats against American law enforcement officers. Now, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports on a new threat on Border Patrol agents:

Mexican alien smugglers plan to pay violent gang members and smuggle them into the United States to murder Border Patrol agents, according to a confidential Department of Homeland Security memo obtained by the Daily Bulletin.

The Officer Safety Alert, dated Dec. 21, warns agents that the smugglers intend to bring members of the international Mara Salvatrucha street gang also known as MS-13 into the country for the deadly mission.

“Unidentified Mexican alien smugglers are angry about the increased security along the U.S./Mexico border and have agreed that the best way to deal with U.S. Border Patrol agents is to hire a group of contract killers,” the alert states.

MS-13, which has a strong base in El Salvador, is considered by the FBI to be one of the most dangerous gangs in the United States, with more than 20,000 members.

Gang members have been found in 33 states and connected to murder, racketeering, assault, rapes and extortion. Last January, Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided six cities and made more than 100 arrests of MS-13 gang members.

Intelligence officials last year reported that MS-13 gang members had been linked to terrorists seeking entry into the country.

Michael Friel, a representative with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said he could not comment directly on the memo, but noted “this wouldn’t be the first time agents’ lives have been threatened.

USA Today has an overview of the MS-13 menace.

Just committing the crimes that Americans won’t commit, right?

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Heather Mac Donald and Juan Mann have new posts over at The Immigration Blog.

Lonewacko bring Mort Kondracke back to earth.

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Previous MS-13 coverage here.

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