President Donald Trump called on Congress Friday to provide additional funding to America’s law and immigration enforcement agencies fighting a brutal wave of gang crime connected to illegal border crossings.
Trump stressed the need for hundreds of additional immigration prosecutors and judges, since current laws require a court proceeding for a deportation to be executed. He also noted that the 6,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents working across the country are not enough to handle the gang and illegal immigration threats.
The president’s vivid speech drew frequent applause and loud cheers from the officers gathered to hear him in Brentwood, New York, on Long Island, an area hard hit by violence and murders by the MS-13 gang.
MS-13, a transnational criminal organization, was formed in Los Angeles in the 1980s by Salvadorans fleeing civil war. It has since grown to more than 10,000 members in the United States and has spread throughout El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. One of its mottos is “kill, rape, control.”
Trump grew up not far away in Queens and was horrified to hear about the extreme gang violence in Long Island. Since early 2016, 17 people have been violently murdered in Long Island by MS-13 gang members.
The gang’s rampant growth in the United States is linked closely to a massive wave of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the country’s border. Some 150,000 illegal minors were settled across the country during the Obama administration, Trump said, and 4,000 of them went to Long Island. Once settled, these minors become prime recruitment targets for…
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