MS-13If the current invasion of illegal immigrants into America wasn’t causing enough problems, you can add one more to the list: Gang violence. Border Patrol sources say that at least 16 unaccompanied illegal minors from Central America are members of the brutal El Salvadorian street gang Mara Salvatrucha – or MS-13.

Graffiti was found on the bathroom walls of the Nogales Border Patrol processing center, which suggests some of these illegal minors had ties to the organization.

An internal Border Patrol summary obtained by Townhall says: “Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) and Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPOs), assigned to the Nogales Placement Center (NPC), discovered that 16 unaccompanied alien children (13 El Salvadoran males, two Guatemalan males and one Honduran male) currently being held at the NPC are members of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13). The MS-13 gang members admitted to their gang associations following a discovery of graffiti at the NPC. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) were notified,” the summary states.

MS-13 was founded in the 1980s in Los Angeles by Salvadoran immigrants and has spread to other parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. Members distinguish themselves by tattoos on their body and often on the face, and use their own sign language.

The FBI describes MS-13 activity as “perpetuating violence – from assaults to homicides, using firearms, machetes, or blunt objects – to intimidate rival gangs, law enforcement, and the general public. They often target middle and high school students for recruitment. And they form tenuous alliances… and sometimes vicious rivalries…with other criminal groups, depending on their needs at the time.”

MS-13 members have been recruited by the rival Zetas and Sinaloa drug cartels in Mexico, as well as the Japanese Yakuza.

Some of the illegal minors held in the Nogales processing center have admitted to killing and harming others in their home countries. However, because they’re under the age of 18, they’re treated as children when processed through the Department of Human Services or Department of Homeland Securityd (DHS) systems. It’s easier for these minor gang members to travel “under the radar” of these agencies and recruit new members.

Thousands of non-gang illegals already pose a threat to our national security, and now violent gang members have increased that threat even more.