Crime concerns grow as invasion by Venezuelan gangs goes unchecked by “concerned U.S. officials”

As thousands of Venezuelans fleeing from the Nicolás Maduro regime seek refuge in the United States, members of a violent gang that has already triggered crime waves in a number of Latin American countries are hiding among them, causing concern among U.S. officials fearing that they now seek to set up shop in major American cities.

[If there were such a concern among U.S. officials, these gang members would never have been allowed into the U.S. — S. Byron Gassaway]

Rising from a Venezuelan prison and quickly expanding to become a sort of umbrella organization for other gangs, the so-called Tren de Aragua (Aragua Train) for years dominated crime in vast areas of the South American country, specializing in a long list of crimes ranging from extortion, car-theft and kidnapping to drug-trafficking, prostitution and murder for hire.

As an estimated 7.7 millions Venezuelans left their homes to migrate to other countries in the past 10 years, the gang saw in the exodus an opportunity to grow exponentially, increasing its ranks from the estimated 400 members in Venezuela to an army of more than 3,000 strong reportedly operating now in Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Central America, in addition to their country of origin.

And now they are attempting to establish a beachhead in the United States, said Miami U.S. Rep. María Elvira Salazar.

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