U.S. Border agents arrest MS-13 gang member in migrant caravan

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced the apprehension of at least one dangerous criminal MS-13 gang member at the southern U.S. border at the Calexico Port of Entry on Saturday.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release, 29-year-old Honduran citizen Jose Villalobos-Jobel was arrested by Border Patrol agents.

Villalobos-Jobel was trying to cross the border into the US, and was “intending on filing for asylum in the United States.”

The DHS statement reads:

“After a short interview, the man told agents he is a Honduran citizen and active gang member with the notorious Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) international crime organization.  The man also told agents he traveled to the United States border with a large group of people from Central America intending on filing for asylum in the United States.”

According to the Daily Caller, Villalobos-Jobel will be sent back to Honduras.

It’s unclear if Villalobos-Jobel was the only gang member arrested at the border. He was arrested the day before officials were forced to close the San Ysidro port of entry after several hundred migrants attempted storming the border between Tijuana, Mexico, and the San Diego area.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the U.S. would not put up with this “lawlessness.” American authorities were forced to defend the border with rubber bullets and tear gas at the crossing between Tijuana and San Diego.

Mexican officials attempted to use crowd control on Sunday afternoon but were overwhelmed when the huge mobs of migrants rushed at authorities, breaching their defenses, several news reports show.

Nielsen condemned the violence of illegals trying to enter the U.S., tweeting:

“Today CBP (Customs and Border Protection) personnel were struck by projectiles thrown by caravan members. “Such actions are dangerous & not consistent w peacefully seeking asylum. “The perpetrators will be prosecuted. “I will continue to aggressively support DHS personnel as they work to safely secure our border.”



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