NOGALES, AZ - Immigrant children at the Nogales Detention Center are catching the attention of officials, but not for what you may first think.
Border Patrol Union President Art Del Cueto says they have reason to believe that a well-known and dangerous gang is at work inside the center’s walls, targeting the children inside.
The Mara Salvatrucha gang, known better as MS-13, has been on every federal agency’s radar for some time.
The gang is supposedly one of the most dangerous gangs in the United States, according to the FBI. Officials believe there are about 10,000 MS-13 gang members in the country, but the number could go even higher with the influx of potential new recruits.
Agents at the detention center reportedly started seeing gang tagging in the bathroom and some of the child immigrants have admitted to being part of the group.
Del Cueto says the gang members have been intimidating other children to join the gang, which mostly targets middle- and high-school kids.
Children as young as 10 years old are members of the gang and commit violent crimes, including murders.
MS-13 is reportedly sometimes recruited by other gangs and groups to carry out their actions.
Del Cueto says the situation could be very dangerous.