TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - KOLD Investigates found out how big of an issue MS-13 gang members are in our area.
MS-13 is a notorious, criminal gang. It was started by Central Americans living in Southern California. It spread to other countries, including El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.
President Donald Trump says the MS-13 gang is a huge problem when it comes to immigration. On Wednesday, June 20th he said " we're throwing by the thousands MS-13, they come into the country. We're throwing them out by the thousands but we need laws that don't allow them to come back in."
I wanted to find out how many MS-13 members have been arrested in the Tucson Sector since October - that's when the fiscal year begins for the federal government.
Customs and Border Protection told me they didn't have that information. So I went through every single news release C.B.P. has sent out.
Here's what I found:
* 10 people have been taken into custody with ties to MS-13 in the Tucson sector.
* In the entire country, 275 people with ties to MS-13 have been taken into custody.
* During the same time frame, about 252,000 illegal immigrants have been taken into custody along the southern border.