MS-13 arrests plummet amid border surge

By Stephen Dinan | The Washington Times

Senior Republican senator says gang members are sneaking by overwhelmed agents

Border arrests of MS-13 gang members have dropped dramatically during the latest surge, a senior Republican senator said this week, warning that the criminals are still sneaking into the U.S. but are using the chaos of the unprecedented wave of illegal immigration to avoid detection.

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said Customs and Border Protection averaged 294 MS-13 arrests from 2017 to 2020 but made just 71 arrests this fiscal year through June.