There’s a new report of immigrants, many who are unaccompanied minors, illegally crossing a southern border and igniting a crime wave.

In Spain.

A report from the Gatestone Institute documents how, similar to the United States, government-funded benefits have helped spur illegal immigration.

But worse is the fact that authorities are hiding the problem to avoid “fueling anti-immigration sentiments.”

Six “African” migrants, from the continent’s Muslim-majority north, the institute noted, gang-raped a 12-year-old girl near Madrid, but authorities kept the crime hidden.

“On March 15, 2018, the 12-year-old girl was playing in a park in Azuqueca de Henares with several other girls when, at around one o’clock in the afternoon, six migrants — five Moroccans and one Nigerian — approached the playground. They carried two of the girls off to a nearby abandoned building, but then let one of them go after discovering that she was a Muslim. The migrants, aged between 15 and 20, grabbed the 12-year-old by her arms and legs and took turns raping her, first anally and then vaginally, for nearly an hour,” wrote Soren Kern, a senior fellow at the institute.

“The public was not informed about the crime until March 20, 2019, when the newspaper El Mundo published the results of an investigation. According to the report, Spanish prosecutors and judges secretly decided that three of the minors will be held in a young offender institution for three years and then be ‘reinserted’ into Spanish society rather than be deported. One of the adults is being held in preventive detention; the other adults were released,” Kern said.

The case has cast a spotlight on “spiraling migrant criminality” that is occurring because of “progressive” immigration practices, Kern wrote.

Crime statistics are unreliable, with large variances, depending on the reporting agency.

But the official Spanish statistics agency “shows that immigrants comprise roughly 10 percent of the overall Spanish population, but 32 percent of the Spanish prison population,” the report said.

Kern said “anecdotal evidence found in the crime reports of local newspapers shows that migrant criminality — ranging from petty theft to sexual assault to murder — is a growing problem nationwide.”

Kern cited an incident in Barcelona in which 15 members of “Allah’s Wolfpack,” immigrants from Muslim north Africa, sexually assaulted a woman.

“The migrants, some of whom are unaccompanied minors and all of whom are in Spain illegally, had long rap sheets and were well known to the police,” the report said.

Gang thugs stabbed the woman’s male companion and were apprehended a short time later.

“Eight of the 15 youths have since been released from police custody and are back on the street.”

Kern presented a long list of reported incidents, including a heinous cases in Alicante in which four underage Moroccans gang-raped an underage girl.

“They filmed the rape and then demanded that the girl pay 50 euros to avoid having the video posted online.”

Then there was another in the same city, where “10 Algerians were arrested for gang-raping three girls aged between 14 and 17. Police said that the gang members sustained themselves by robbing homes and businesses and later selling the stolen items on the black market.”

And in Sabadell, eight Moroccans gang-raped an 18-year-old woman in an abandoned warehouse.

“The woman was celebrating her birthday when she became separated from her friends. The Moroccans, aged between 21 and 53, were homeless and squatting in the warehouse. Of the eight, only two were remanded in custody.”

In Barcelona, a 36-year-old Dominican drug dealer was arrested for raping a 13-year-old girl in the Raval district, the report said. And in Valencia, a Honduran man was sentenced to four years in prison for being in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

Other identified victims were ages 87 and 11.

It gets worse.

“In Jerez de la Frontera, meanwhile, a 70-year-old woman named Juana, who offered shelter in her home to an immigrant named Mohammed, has been left homeless. When the woman returned home after a hospital stay, she found that Mohammed, whom the woman originally met at a soup kitchen, had changed the locks and refused to allow her to return. Due to idiosyncrasies in Spanish real estate law, which often favors tenants at the expense of landlords, the woman will face an uphill battle to regain control of her apartment,” the report noted.

It was reported a couple of senior citizens in Madrid returned from vacation to find their apartment “occupied” by “African migrants.”

A court is now ruling on who is the apartment’s rightful owner.

In Madrid, police even have been ordered to “keep out of the neighborhood of Lavapiés to “avoid situations of tension,” the report said.

“The result is that illegal immigrants, far from facing the threat of deportation, are now secure in the knowledge that their violent actions have empowered them effectively to take control of an entire neighborhood of a major European city.”

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