Mexican Government Official Says MS-13 Infiltrated Caravans Headed For USA

Mexican authorities have found members of the violent gang MS-13 among migrant caravans headed towards the United States, multiple Mexican media outlets quoted a high-ranking government official as saying.

Enrique Cárdenas del Avellano, the Ministry of Interior’s northeastern regional delegate, said that authorities have deported some MS-13 gang members they detected in migrant caravans, Mexican media outlets La Prensa, El Mañana and La Verdad de Tamaulipas reported over the weekend.

Cárdenas del Avellano told the Spanish-language outlets that he doesn’t know how many MS-13 members are in the region.

Members of the MS-13 gang attend a class in Chalatenango prison, 84 km north of San Salvador, on March 29, 2019.

MS-13 members are in “the minority” among caravan members but “do exist” and “seek to extend their networks, especially to the United States,” Cárdenas del Avellano told the outlets.

The transnational gang was launched in California by Salvadoran immigrants but has a formidable presence in other parts of the U.S. as well, particularly Long Island, New York.

Central American migrants -mostly Honduran- taking part in a caravan to the US, are pictured on board a truck heading to Irapuato in the state of Guanajuato on November 11, 2018 after spending the night in Queretaro in central Mexico.

The gang’s informal motto is “Mata, roba, viola, controla,” which translates to “kill, steal, rape, control.”

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