Two Republican committee chairmen are demanding the immigration histories of two murder suspects in Massachusetts who are thought to have ties to the notorious MS-13 gang.
“News reports give the impression, but do not clarify, that Jose Vasquez Ardon and Cristian Nunez-Flores are both unaccompanied alien minors,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Department of Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson. “One report notes that Nunez-Flores’ parents are still in his home country of El Salvador.”
Ardon and Nunez-Flores have been charged with the murder of 19-year-old Omar Wilfredo Reyes. Authorities are still looking for a third suspect in the murder. Ardon and Nunez-Flore are both said to be 17 years-old.
In their letter to Burwell and Johnson, Goodlatte and Grassley press for the teen’s immigration and criminal histories — seeking to learn whether the pair are border-surge unaccompanied minors who were released into the U.S. by federal agents.
“If these suspects were in fact unaccompanied alien minors, this would be yet another example of the Administration wantonly creating a public safety threat by releasing minors that were members of one of the nation’s most violent Central American gangs into the community,” Grassley and Goodlatte wrote.
“Such reckless behavior has already resulted in multiple homicides and other crimes of violence by these criminal street gangs and put the public into serious danger,” they added.
The pair’s letter comes in the wake of a recent report that dangerous Central Americans gangs have used the ongoing border surge to get more members into the U.S. and expand their reach.