On Friday, officials of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said they have arrested a convicted murderer after entering the US illegally from Honduras, as part of the migrant caravan. The arrest was made on the same day as the arrest of an alleged MS-13 crime gang member who also entered the US illegally from Honduras.
Weeks ago, a spokesman from the Department of Homeland Security, Tyler Houlton, said that there are at least 600 known criminals amidst the migrant caravan. The migrating Central Americans’ advocates have challenged such federal estimates but US officials have argued that the fact that the Border Patrol arrested a convicted murderer as part of the first apprehensions that is caravan-related at the southern border is enough proof that the caravan poses a great threat to America’s national security.
Several Arrests Made By both US and Mexico
During a visit to San Diego last week, Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, said that based on intelligence sources in the US and other countries, the minimum of 500 criminals were suspected to be in the midst of the migrating caravans. This claim was reiterated by CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. Subsequently, McAleenan revealed that Mexico had arrested 100 migrants for criminal violations.
Late November, three men were arrested east of San Ysidro by Border Patrol agents. 46 years old Miguel Angel Ramirez, one of the men arrested, was released from prison four months ago after being convicted of murder – as confirmed by Honduras consulate.
Earlier the same day, east of the Calexico port of entry, Border Patrol agents also arrested a man who accepted he is a member of Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) gang. He also said he travelled to US as part of the migrant caravan.
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