20 Jan 2016

A previously deported gang member from El Salvador was caught by U.S. Border Patrol agents after the man illegally re-entered the U.S. in California. According to federal authorities, the man belongs to the violent transnational Sureño criminal gang. According to the FBI and their 2013 National Gang Report, the Sureños are a U.S.-based gang that deals directly with Mexican cartels and has somehow managed to operate across the spectrum with transnational criminal groups in Mexico regardless of the warring occurring between those groups.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release on the matter falsely claimed that the man was caught “attempting” to enter the U.S., though the facts show that the man did enter the U.S. illegally, as U.S. federal agents only have authority to arrest individuals after they come onto U.S. soil–a detail and subtle word manipulation that gives the false impression to Americans that some form of actual barrier exists to prevent such criminals from entering the U.S. at will.

The man, identified by authorities as 27-year-old Luis Armando Barrera Espinoza, is also suspected of trafficking methamphetamine.

The arrest occurred in California’s El Centro Sector, immediately east of the border sector where Border Patrol agent Robert Rosas was brutally murdered. In that case, Mexican citizens jumped a small border fence and intentionally set off a sensor to lure a Border Patrol agent to the area. Once Agent Rosas arrived, the men brutally murdered him, though Agent Rosas is described as having fought back with all he had.

This reporter visited the memorial for Agent Rosas with Shawn Moran, the National Border Patrol Council spokesman and vice-president. That 2014 visit revealed that the U.S. government had failed to properly secure the area with fencing that could actually prevent such criminals from crossing into the U.S. again–even after the brutal murder of Agent Rosas. The small fence that existed when Agent Rosas was murdered remained the only physical barrier in that location.