Sen. Harry Reid (D., Nev.) hasn’t blamed the Koch brothers for the border crisis yet, but he did tell reporters on Tuesday that the “border is secure.”
“Remember, had we done comprehensive immigration reform, we wouldn’t be having this issue. And everyone here: The border is secure. Martin Heinrich talked to the caucus today. He’s a border-state senator. He said he can say without any equivocation, the border is secure,” Reid said.
Reid’s comments would certainly be challenged by Shawn Moran, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, who told Fox News the violent MS-13 gang is exploiting the chaos on the U.S. border to recruit new juvenile members.
“We know the cartels were exploiting this and continue to exploit this crisis in south Texas, it makes sense that MS-13 and other gangs would do the same,” Moran said Tuesday.
According to Moran, the gang has been using a Red Cross phone bank on the border, originally intended for unaccompanied minors to use to contact relatives: “These phones are being utilized by gang members to recruit, to enlist, to pressure people, other juveniles into joining the MS-13 gang.”
Moran described MS-13 as “one of the biggest threats we face on our southern border. They do not hesitate to use extreme violence if necessary. They are considered one of the top threats to border patrol agents.”