Trump headed to Long Island to trumpet MS-13 crackdown – New York News

President Donald Trump is planning to urge Congress to dedicate more funding to the administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration and violent crime.


BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — President Donald Trump is planning to urge Congress to dedicate more funding to the administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration and violent crime.

Trump is set to speak Friday at Suffolk County Community College, close to where the ultra-violent street gang MS-13 has committed a string of gruesome murders, including April’s massacre of four young men.

Trump is expected to continue his tough talk on immigration and urge Congress to dedicate more funding to border enforcement and faster deportations in a speech in front of law enforcement officers and the family members of crime victims.

Trump has made cracking down on MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, a top priority of his administration. The gang, which is believed to have originated in immigrant communities in Los Angeles in the 1980s and then entrenched itself in Central America when its leaders were deported, is infamous for its violent tactics, including torturing victims and hacking them with machetes.

Its recruits are middle- and high-school students, predominantly in immigrant communities, who are said to risk violent retribution if they leave. Authorities estimate the group has tens of thousands of members across several Central American countries and many U.S. states.

The Justice and Homeland Security departments have made targeting the gang a top priority. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed his department’s law enforcement agencies and…

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