U.S. Border Patrol Agents reported that the arrests of criminal illegal alliens among MS-13 gang members increased by nearly 50 percent in Fiscal Year 2017.
With one month left to go in Fiscal Year of 2018, 377 MS-13 gang members have been arrested, according to a report from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This is a 48.7 percent increase over the total number arrested in 2017.
The 377 arrests of MS-13 gang members is the highest reported number since Fiscal Year 2014 which had 437 arrests.
In total, U.S. Border Patrol agents successfully stopped 728 gang members from entering the U.S. this fiscal year. This is up from 536 in all of FY 2017 (a nearly 36 percent increase).
The increase in arrests of gang members by the Border Patrol stands in contrast to the total number of criminal aliens arrested at or near the border during the same period. The number of criminal aliens arrested fell from a high in 12,842 in FY2016 to 8,531 in FY2017 and then to 6,259 so far in FY2018, the report stated.