President Trump has turned his eyes toward the notorious international criminal gang MS-13. Trump and his administration are focusing on dismantling the criminal organization.
And it seems like they already have a plan. Trump said in a cabinet meeting that the group “will be gone soon”.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that law enforcement officials are “so thrilled” about the goal to “properly, lawfully fight the rising crime that we are seeing.”
Trump praised Sessions’ efforts at the Justice Department:
“Great success, including MS-13. They’re being thrown out in record numbers and rapidly, and they’re being depleted. They will all be gone pretty soon.”
MS-13 is an international gang with its leadership based in El Salvador. Sessions has previously said that there was 30,000 members in El Salvador and an additional 10,000 spread across 40 U.S. states.
The gang is infamous for its brutal violence. A detective with the Chelsea, Massachusetts Police Department testified in a recent Senate hearing that he’s investigated cases in which MS-13 members have cut off limbs and attempted to decapitate a victim. He described this as violence he had never seen in 22 years as an investigator.
The gang recruits among immigrant communities, so it’s pretty clear to see why Trump would go after them. Sessions said back in April that “if you are a gang member: we will find you. We will devastate your networks.”
Trump has blamed a lot of the gang activity on Obama’s immigration policies.
“The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS-13 gangs to form in cities across U.S. We are removing them fast!,” he tweeted.
The recent gang sweep conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 1,378 gang members. Most are now facing deportation proceedings.
Off to a good start!