A woman in South Texas housed, fed and clothed a group of illegal immigrants traveling past her home, one of which turned out to be a member of the notorious multi-national gang MS-13.
The Rio Grande City resident says when she spotted a group of three exhausted and famished illegal immigrants on Monday, all she could think to do was offer help.
“He (one of the immigrants) said he was fainting and that it’s been three days since he was in Mexico and eaten,” Maria Jimenez recently recounted to ValleyCentral.com. “When they passed by here we offered them water and food.”
Jimenez also allowed the immigrants to shower inside her home, while she tended to their laundry, and was apparently about to let them stay the night.
Unbeknownst to her, she was aiding a member of one of the most violent gangs in North America, Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13.
Local police were responding to a noise complaint when they saw the three illegals run inside Jimenez’s house. Once they obtained permission to enter her home, one of the officers “noticed that one of the men had an MS-13 tattoo on his left forearm,” reports KRGV.com. “The man eventually confessed [to] being a member of the hyper-violent gang.”
It should go without saying, but police caution it is foolish to open one’s doors to strangers. “Anytime you invite a stranger into your residence you are inviting trouble,” Rio Grande City Police Lt. Joey Solis told Action 4 News.
“I do know there are documented murders, kidnappings here in the U.S. involving these gangs,” Lt. Solis also noted.
In Central America, children as young as 10 join gangs, like MS-13, an intelligence report notes, and according to an FBI report, many are initiated by having to commit murder.
“Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) is the best known transnational street gang in the world, with ongoing command, control and coordination between gang leaders and cliques in different countries,” the Texas Department of Public Safety Texas Gang Threat Assessment report states. “MS-13 remains a constant threat to the State of Texas through its use of violence and disregard of law enforcement.”
Texas state Senator Dan Patrick recently revealed official estimates put the number of illegal immigrant gang members inside Texas at just around 100,000.
Last week we documented an instance in which a La Grulla, Texas, police officer encountered an immigrant with MS-13 gang tattoos, who later admitted to being a gang member and reacted to the officer in a “tough and aggressive” manner.
When asked if he thought the gang member was in the country “to cause trouble,” the La Grulla cop agreed, stating, “In my opinion I believe so, to spread the outbreak of gang members, to recruit more people.”
Jimenez maintains she “helped them out,” adding, “and I would hope that others would also help my own son,” apparently oblivious of the level of danger she managed to escape. “We are human, how are we going to let them go and die in the woods?”
As Infowars has reported, illegal immigrant minors who admit to being gang members are actually being released inside the U.S. to await immigration court hearings, which nearly 90 percent of immigrants fail to attend. The vice president of National Border Patrol Council Local chapter 3307, Chris Cabrera, recently disclosed that, so long as they have no criminal record in the U.S., CBP agents are being ordered to release them onto the streets of America, leading many border agents to seek new employment.