MS-13 gang members who stabbed Long Island teen were in U.S. thanks to legal loophole

MS-13 gang members who stabbed Long Island teen were in U.S. thanks to legal loophole
Three assailants in a stabbing incident (Image: WABC video screen grab)

A couple of days ago LU reported on three of Nancy Pelosi’s “patriotic young undocumented immigrants” who without provocation brazenly knifed a student who attended the same school they did. The attack occurred in broad daylight behind a Burger King on Long Island.

The three assailants, all members of MS-13, are in police custody — and it isn’t the first time. According to the Washington Times, two of the boys, Ramon Arevalo Lopez and Oscar Canales Molina, entered the U.S. in 2016 as unaccompanied minors. But thanks to thanks to a loophole in the immigration laws, they were released out on the streets rather than detained or deported.

For Homeland Security Department officials, it’s the latest sign of a legal system that stymies their efforts to oust dangerous figures.

“One of the loopholes we are imploring Congress to close could have prevented this gruesome attack,” said Katie Waldman, a Homeland Security spokeswoman.

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The law responsible for this outrage is the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. Under it children traveling without parents are required to be processed by immigration authorities and quickly released to social workers, and from there to sponsors.

Under the law children are deemed unaccompanied even if they have family living in the U.S., which Arevalo Lopez did. His mother and her partner, as well as a brother, live in New York.

Ten months after his arrival in the U.S., Arevalo Lopez was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on suspicion of gang membership, then released. The rest, as we now know, is history.

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