The door is wide open for young Mexican gang members to enter the United States to be reunited with their families, frustrating border patrol personnel who are powerless to stop them, The Washington Times reported.

Border Patrol union representatives say that even youths with tattoos identifying them as members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang have unrestricted access to the country.

“If he’s a confirmed gang member in his own country, why are we letting him in here? I’ve heard people come in and say, ‘You’re going to let me go, just like you let my mother go, just like you let my sister go. You’re going to let me go as well, and the government’s going to take care of us,'” said Chris Cabrera, of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley, according to National Review.

Cabrera said that only tighter restrictions on who can may cross the border can stem the flow of minors.

“Until we start mandatory detentions, mandatory removals, I don’t think anything is going to change. As a matter of fact, I think it’s going to get worse,” Cabrera said.

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