El Salvador’s continuing crackdown on violent criminals, which has led to thousands of alleged gang members being thrown into a new mega-prison, could cause those who are not yet locked up to leave the nation going northbound, experts warned.
Last month, thousands of prisoners were traversed into the nation’s newly constructed security prison in central El Salvador, the Terrorism Confinement Center in Tecoluca.
An additional group of 2,000 new inmates was reported as locked in the new prison on Wednesday, which can sustain up to 40,000 inmates.
“They are never going to return to the communities, the neighborhoods, the barrios, the cities of our beloved El Salvador,” Gustavo Villatoro, the government’s minister for justice and peace, said of the inmates.
Video clips from the prison show lines of shirtless, heavily-tattooed prisoners with bald heads running bent over and handcuffed as they were directed to the new prison facility.
Some leaders of the notoriously brutal MS-13 gang have already escaped to Mexico, reported the Daily Wire.
“We know that they are in Mexico, and that from there they are giving instructions in a cowardly manner,” the El Salvador justice minister reportedly stated.
Now, the Associated Press has reported that at least three Mexicans who drive for a living have been shot to death by Salvadorian gang members.
“If we don’t do anything we’re going to be a little (El) Salvador,” said one of the Mexican drivers.
Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies, who works as director of policy, warned that El Salvador’s gang members and leaders are constantly attempting to enter the U.S.
“They can make more money here and enjoy themselves more here, and there are many new places for them to set up shop for the gang, and many vulnerable youths to recruit,” Vaughan said to The Daily Wire.
“Right now it’s not difficult for them to get in,” she explained. “There is much less threat of border and interior enforcement than in prior years, especially if they have not been in the United States before.”
There were reportedly over 10,000 MS-13 members residing in the U.S. in 2017.