MS-13 gang member caught illegally entering US, Border Patrol announces

US Border Patrol agents in California arrested an alleged MS-13 gang member early Wednesday morning after illegally crossing the border into the United States, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced.

A San Diego sector agent was looking for “a group of illegal newcomers” in a mountainous area around 12:45 PM Wednesday when he saw half a dozen men “at the border wall,” according to CBP.

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A border patrol agent patrols a construction site for the secondary border fence that follows the length of the primary border fence separating the United States and Mexico in the San Diego Sector on August 22, 2019 in San Diego, CA. (Photo by Carolyn Van Houten / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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When questioned, all the men admitted that they had entered the US illegally and had been arrested, authorities said.

While being processed at a nearby Border Patrol station, officers discovered that one of the men was “a documented MS-13 gang member,” said CBP.

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The man, a 28-year-old El Salvadoran citizen, and the five others – three of whom were also from El Salvador, one from Mexico and one from Honduras – will be returned to their native country, the agency said.

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