MS-13 gang is recruiting newly arrived migrant kids in New York, police say
They fled their homes in Central America by the thousands last summer to escape gang violence and poverty.
Settling in places as wide-ranging as Texas and Long Island, these children sought refuge from the brutal gang life that awaited many of them if they remained in El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras.
But escaping that life, as many of the new arrivals found out, does not happen through just crossing borders.
According to authorities in Nassau and Suffolk counties in Long Island, New York, street gangs some with strong ties to the notorious MS-13 group- are vying to recruit the more than 3,000 migrant children younger than 18 who have recently settled in the area.