The 28-year-old El Salvadoran national, who was not identified, was found at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday by an agent watching the mountains in the San Diego, California, border sector “when he encountered six men near the border wall,” the agency said in a news release.
All six of the men, who were investigated by the agent, said they were illegally present in the United States, officials said.
"The men were placed under arrest and transported to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing. At the station, a records check revealed that one of the men, a 28-year-old El Salvadorian national, was a documented MS-13 gang member,” the release stated.
The documented MS-13 gang member will be treated and deported at a local Border Patrol station, while the other five men—including one Honduran national, a Mexican national, and three El Salvadoran nationals—will be processed and removed, agents said.
“I’m proud of the great work by our agents arresting this gang member,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke in the release. “Their hard work keeps our neighborhoods safe.”
The Department of Justice (DOJ), during the waning days of former President Donald Trump’s administration, said that some of MS-13’s highest-ranking leaders were accused of terrorism offenses.
According to the DOJ in January, “An indictment was unsealed in Central Islip, New York charging 14 of the world’s highest-ranking MS-13 leaders who are known today as the Ranfla Nacional, which operated as the Organization’s Board of Directors, and directed MS-13’s violence and criminal activity around the world for almost two decades.”
Borromeo Enrique Henriquez, aka “Diablito de Hollywood,” is commonly known as the most powerful member of the Ranfla Nacional, and he and “10 other defendants are in custody in El Salvador.” The DOJ said it “will explore options for their extradition to the United States with the Government of El Salvador.”
Those gang members are only the ones we have caught, but what about those we have not caught? Why is the administration so persistent in not declaring the condition a crisis?
“What we are seeing now is less of the population we can expel immediately and more that is being transferred to (the Department of) Health and Human Services and our non-governmental organization partners,” said a senior U.S. Border Patrol official who spoke with reporters on Friday on condition of anonymity.
Single adults, mostly male and mostly from Mexico, used to be the norm up to a few years ago. Now, about half of the unauthorized migrants are coming from Central America, Ecuador, Brazil, and Cuba and about half are either unescorted children or family units.