Agents of the Border Patrol apprehended a member of the murderous narcoterrorist organization known as MS-13, according to a statement by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency on Wednesday. Identified as Jose Villalobos-Jobel, 29, the native of Honduras was caught east of the Calexico Port of Entry in California. He is suspected of having entered the United States illegally. Villalobos-Jobel has admitted to being active in MS-13,which is short for Mara Salvatrucha 13. He was arrested on Sunday about 125 miles east of San Diego, which has been marred by migrants’ attempts to illegally cross the international border.

Villalobos-Jobel told the Border Patrol that he travelled from his native country through Mexico and to the southwestern border of the U.S. as a member of the so-called migrant caravan. On Sunday, members of the caravan mobbed border agents and pelted them with rocks, injuring several. Agents fired tear gas to disperse the mob, as was also the custom during the Obama administration. Currently, there are approximately 8,500 migrants crowded into Tijuana, just south of the border from San Diego. 

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection declared that Villalobos-Jobel will be scheduled for removal from the country. On Twitter, the agency said, “How many more gang members & criminals are among caravan members? Without interdiction there is no way to know.” 

President Donald Trump has vowed to prevent illegal entry to the U.S. and has bolstered border defenses with military troops assisting the Border Patrol. The migrants have rejected offers of asylum and employment in Mexico. Mexican officials stated on Monday that hundreds of foreigners involved in the border rush will be deported. Approximately 100 were deported that day as Mexican citizens have protested the border closures, trash and increased crime caused by the migrants. 

Department of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Tuesday that the masses of people waiting for asylum at the southern border are “predominantly male.” Saying that 90 percent do not fulfill the requirements for asylum, Nielsen said that there are over 600 convicted criminals traveling with the caravan, including rapists and child abusers. “The caravan members are predominantly male,” Nielsen said in a statement. “It appears in some cases that the limited number of women and children in the caravan are being used by the organizers as ‘human shields’ when they confront law enforcement.”

Members of the caravan violently pushed their way in October from Guatemala into Mexico, injuring Mexican police officers. Guatemalan officials have said that members of the caravan used infants, women and elderly people as human shields. Members of the caravan threw rocks and gasoline bombs at Mexican border officers when they rushed into the country. DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton shared an MSNBC video clip in which a correspondent reported from the caravan and said that most of the migrants were male and would not qualify for asylum. Some officials estimate that about 75 percent of the migrants are males of military-age. Some reports indicate that migrants who have accepted Mexico’s asylum offers are women with children.

In Mississippi on Tuesday, President Trump threatened to shut the border permanently. “Some are very violent, and have been very violent, and have been very dangerous to the police and to the Border Patrol,” he told law enforcement officers. “And we don’t want—frankly, we don’t want those people in our society. You know, we just said, ‘Look, if they come over here, we’re going to apprehend them and we’re going to close the border.’ That’s not really been done to extent that I am doing it because I mean it, and I’ll close it for a long time.”

In the event of another rush on the border, Trump said he will close the border. Calling on Congress to fund a border wall, he said that the Border Patrol quickly stopped the breach that was made by migrants on Sunday. “We took care of it very nicely, quickly, and apprehended those that breached. The small breach was in one area where the wall wasn’t quite built yet; it wasn’t completed. But the areas that have been completed have been very, very strong,” he said. “And when people look at what’s going on on the border … they agree with what we are doing very strongly.”



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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