ALERT -- Texas Upgrades MS-13 to ‘Tier One’ Level Threat
The State of Texas has upgraded the notorious Central American gang Mara Salvatrucha, otherwise known as MS-13, to a “Tier 1” level threat, according to a recent report from the Department of Public Safety.
The upgrade coincides with a sudden influx of illegal immigrants into the US, a surge particularly impacting the southern state which shares its extensive border with Mexico.
Texas’ Gang Threat Assessment “serves as the annual evaluation of the gang threat” and “provides a reliable overview of gang activity,” the report notes.
This year’s assessment, released last week, reveals how MS-13 has seen a steady increase in membership, a startling trend given the group’s ultra-violent nature.
“The threat from Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) has increased since last year, resulting in the gang now being ranked in the Tier 1 category,” the assessment says. “MS-13 is a violent transnational gang whose presence in Texas is growing.”
The report links the rise of MS-13 directly to the 2014 border influx, which saw huge crowds of people from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, as well as other nations, flood the US.