Commenting on the children that have been separated from their families along the southern border, Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said these are not MS-13 toddlers.
At a press conference on the reunification of families separated at the border on Wednesday, Rep. Torres said, “These are not MS-13 toddlers, babies, there are little human beings that will remember us and how we treated them.”
“This administration has failed the American people time and time again,” said Rep. Torres. She continued, “They've begun a process of abusing children in an effort to try and keep people from fleeing very, very dangerous situations.”
“We’re left with children being put in cages, those photos and cries are hurting the image of the American people,” concluded Rep. Torres.
Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, is a notoriously brutal gang based in El Salvador. “All criminal gangs are a threat to public safety, but MS-13 is a unique problem because of the unusually brutal crimes its members have committed,” a report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) explains.
The report reviewed more than 500 cases of MS-13 gang members arrested nationwide since 2012. It determined that the resurgence of MS-13 is “directly connected to the illegal arrival and resettlement of more than 300,000 Central Americans youths and families that has continued unabated for six years.”
Additionally, the reports finds that a “de-prioritization of immigration enforcement in the interior of the country,” occurred at the same time. The report concludes that the resurgence of MS-13 in communities “represents a very serious threat to public safety.”