Border Patrol Takes Down 10 Members of Notorious Venezuelan Gang

( – The United States Border Patrol recently arrested 10 illegal immigrants who were part of the Venezuelan criminal organization Tren de Aragua (TdA) in Texas.

On his Twitter account, the agency’s chief, Jason Owens, confirmed the arrests, stating that the foreign nationals would be appropriately processed and removed from the country as soon as possible. He added that the American public should be aware of the Tren de Aragua as the gang commits criminal activities that represent a significant “threat” to communities.

Over the last few years, the TdA has become one of the most dangerous gangs in South America, with a presence in almost every single nation across the region. The gang started as a syndicate in Venezuela’s northern state of Aragua that eventually got involved in criminal activities with the support of the Venezuelan socialist regime.

The Tren de Aragua’s criminal portfolio includes kidnapping, extortion, sex crimes, murder, drug trafficking, and human trafficking.

Customs and Border Protections (CBP) have issued bulletins to agents, giving them identifiers such as tattoos to help identify members of TdA. The move comes as the gang is looking to establish a foothold in the United States. Authorities fear TdA may even join forces with the notorious MS-13.

The influx of gang members making it into America hasn’t gone unnoticed in Congress. Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who is currently one of the names floating as a potential running mate for Donald Trump, has even called for TdA to be labeled as a transnational criminal organization. This would allow the government to sanction members of the gang and freeze their assets.

Over the last few years, the migrant and border crises have been some of the biggest issues facing the Biden administration. While he has been quick to point the finger at Republicans in Congress for failing to pass the bipartisan border bill earlier in the year, Biden has faced steep criticism for not taking action on the matter when both the House and Senate had Democratic majorities.

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