(The bodies of Nisa Mickens, 15, and her best friend, Kayla Cuevas, 16, were found near an elementary school after authorities say they were beaten to death and potentially run over with a car by local MS-13 gang members.)
“They keep finding bodies.”
The disturbing quote headlined an October article featured in the New York Times. The subsequent article detailed the string of blood and horror in a small Long Island suburb of Brentwood, a 60,000-person community plagued by transnational gang violence -- violence perpetuated by the federal government's refusal to enforce the nation's immigration laws.
In one 24-hour period back in September, 15-year-old Nisa Mickens and her best friend, Kayla Cuevas, 16, were found beaten to death near an elementary school in what authorities allege was a gang-related double murder carried out by the Salvadorian gang MS-13, a transnational group known for hacking their victims up with machetes and other committing notably violent crimes.
That same week, the remains of 19-year-old Oscar Acosta and 15-year-old Miguel Garcia-Moran were found in the woods near a psychiatric hospital. They’d been missing since February.
Since 2009, there have been at least 14 murders attributed to MS-13 in Brentwood alone. There are only 4,400 high school students divided between two schools in the whole community, but the prevalence of gang activity has become a huge community problem, the NYT reported. And officials point to the massive influx of illegal alien children, funneled en mass by the federal government into American communities, as the reason why gang violence is now raging out of control.
The New York Times estimated there are 17,000 Salvadorian residents in the town, which is 68 percent Hispanic.
A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies examined how a wave of unaccompanied minors has ramped up gang tensions in the town, which had already been struggling with MS-13 violence for the past nearly two decades. According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, 3,709 unaccompanied children who’ve recently crossed into the United States unlawfully have been placed in New York’s Suffolk County. CIS estimates more than half landed in Brentwood.
Unaccompanied kids coming across the Southwest U.S. border from countries other than Mexico are permitted to stay in the U.S. pending an immigration court date. With no I.D. and no way to look up their criminal record, most of these kids aren't vetted before being released -- even those whose tattoos prove their gang affiliations, and whose ages don't seem to match their claims.
Not only are illegal alien children allowed to stay in the country unlawfully, but they’re also released with very little supervision to “sponsors” who aren’t well vetted either, CIS noted.
The organization explained that according to the Associated Press, 80 percent of illegal alien children are released to sponsors in the U.S. who also aren’t legally present in the country.
“Communities where UACs have been placed have seen a rise in violence associated with MS-13, a transnational gang rooted in El Salvador,” CIS explained. “According to law enforcement agencies and community representatives, the newly arrived UACs are being recruited and threatened into joining the gang.”
Once the kids are shipped off to their sponsors, the federal government doesn’t do much to track them, CIS noted. In fact, the group noted that only 56 percent of children and 88 percent of sponsors participated in the ORR’s follow-up call after the child was released.
“An official with the Brentwood School District on Long Island told the author that follow-up is very difficult because some of these children are shuffled between residences after they are placed with a sponsor, unbeknownst to ORR. The reasons range from financial hardship to behavioral issues to enticement to join and live with gang members,” CIS added.
The Long Island Press cited one estimate claiming that more than 1,000 MS-13 gang members have lived in Suffolk County over the past decade. Adding to the already existing problem, gang members have begun recruiting new members from among the recent Central American migrants because, quite simply, it’s easier.
“Two law enforcement authorities, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the continuing murder investigation, said that over the last several years the gang has sought to enlist recent immigrants from Central America because they are often more vulnerable to recruitment,” The New York Times reported in October.
On top of that, illegal aliens are hesitant to cooperate with authorities or report information that would help tamp down on the gang problem for fear that they’ll be turned over to immigration officials, the report added.
New York is far from the only American community to see a rise in gang violence following a wave of unaccompanied minors. Authorities are struggling under a surge of MS-13 activity in Washington, D.C., where 1,0008 unaccompanied kids have been placed in the past three years. Another 9,309 were shipped off to neighboring Virginia, and another 9,549 were sent to Maryland.
In total, ORR reports they've released more than 133,500 illegal alien kids into American communities since the start of FY2014.
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