The Border Patrol received an admission from an active MS-13 gang member who claimed that he hid in the migrant caravan traveling from Central America so that he could reach the border and enter the United States.
Jose Villalobos-Jobel is an active MS-13 gang member from Honduras. He was arrested on November 24 after he was caught standing on the United States side of the U.S./Mexican border just east of the port of entry located in Calexico, California. After he was apprehended, he was then identified and he also admitted that he was traveling with the migrant caravan in hopes to easily reach the border and cross into America.
Customs and Border Protection said Villalobos-Jobel admitted to being from Honduras and an active gang member of Mara Salvatrucha 13, or MS-13, a transnational criminal organization. He also said he traveled to the U.S. from his home country with one of the caravan groups, which have said they were coming to the U.S. to apply for asylum at the border.rn
The Department of Homeland Security said Monday at least 600 convicted criminals were among the 10,000 caravan migrants, but provided no proof, citing only unspecified sources.rn
Border Patrol's San Diego Sector, which is just north of where the majority of migrants are staying in Mexico, has not published or reported any information of similar incidents.
The border patrol has dealt with chaos since thousands of migrants reached the border at the same time. It's been a huge struggle to successfully admit that many people at the port of entry. Border Patrol has also faced aggression from small groups of migrants who have been caught on video throwing rocks and attempting to rush the border to enter America illegally.