According to the Congressional Research Service who published a report titled, MS-13 in the United States and Federal Law Enforcement Efforts, on August 20, 2018:
“The Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) is a violent criminal gang operating both in the United States and abroad—namely Central America. MS-13 was formed on the streets of Los Angeles, CA, in the 1980s by refugees who were fleeing civil conflict in El Salvador. It became a transnational gang as MS-13 members who were deported from the United States to Central America helped establish gang ties and spread U.S. gang culture abroad.”
“In the United States, MS-13’s structure largely consists of loosely organized cells, or ‘cliques,’ that each control specific territory. While some have suggested that the size of MS-13 has grown in the United States, since at least 2005 law enforcement officials have consistently cited its membership to be around 10,000. Domestically, MS-13 has been involved in local crimes including extortion, drug distribution, prostitution, robbery, and murder, as well as transnational illicit activity such as drug trafficking and human smuggling and trafficking. The gang is known for its particularly violent criminality, which has been demonstrated in a reported uptick in violent homicides attributed to MS-13 in certain locales.”
Over the past decade, there have been numerous media reports of the brutality attributed to MS-13 gang members. Many of the reports include the raping of teenaged girls and then their beating or murder. Other reports speak of the grisly murders of teenaged boys for who knows what reason.
A concern expressed in the congressional report reads:
“There is also a current debate about the relationship between gangs such as MS-13 and unaccompanied alien children (UAC) arriving in the United States. Some have suggested that MS-13’s presence in Central America could continue to drive unauthorized migration into the United States by those seeking to escape the gang and its violence. There are also concerns that MS-13 may exploit the U.S. Southwest border by bringing young gang members from Central America to the United States as UAC or may recruit some of the vulnerable UAC to join the gang’s ranks once in the United States. Policymakers may seek more data from officials in order to understand the nuances of these potential relationships between MS-13 and UAC.”
So, what is the solution to dealing with the MS-13 gang?
President Donald Trump and a number of intelligent conservatives are saying that one of the best ways to prevent the influx of more MS-13 gang members is to build the border wall, stricter enforcement of immigration laws and increased border security. By restricting the international movements of gang members, it will make it easier for local, stare and federal law enforcement officials to deal with the gang members already here in the US.
Democrats and mainstream media claim a border wall and stricter immigration enforcement will do little to nothing to impact the violence caused by MS-13 gang members.
So, who is right?
According to the following report, it seems that Trump is right:
“A recent study reveals that mass deportations have deterred the expansion of the violent El Salvadorian MS-13 gang across the United States.”
“The State of New Jersey Commission of Investigation (NJCI) conducted research divulging that mass deportations of illegal aliens took place in the U.S. during the decades before and after the turn of the century, which kept the menacing MS-13 gang at bay for 20 years.”
Getting a handle on crime
“During the presidencies of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, the proliferation of the notorious MS-13 gang was stopped by an increased level of cooperation between police and federal immigration officials.”
However, under the lax immigration policies of Barack Obama, the number of MS-13 gang members in the United States swelled, allowing the violent criminal gang to expand to more American cities and terrorize more US citizens.
Today’s Democrats have vowed to expand Obama’s lax immigration policies, a program that would allow thousands more violent MS-13 gang members to enter the US.
Don’t forget that just a month ago, I reported that a MS-13 gang member who was arrested and detained by law enforcement officials admitted that he gained entry into the US by hiding in a migrant caravan seeking asylum. Even with this revelation, which is something many conservatives have warned would happen, Democrats continue their push to allow all of the caravan migrants to enter the US without any questions asked.
Border walls, properly built have proven to be very effective in stopping the vast majority of illegal immigration and now studies show that stricter enforcement of federal immigration laws also help stop many of the undesirable and violent criminal aliens from entering the US.
This is why I strongly urge President Trump to do whatever it takes to build a border wall along all 1,954 miles of the US border with Mexico. To help cut costs, have the construction battalions in the military build the wall, since they are already being paid to be in the military. Then I would do whatever it takes to get Congress to pass a law that would allow US military troops to be armed and placed along the US border with instructions to prevent all illegal immigration. It’s time our military protect America and the American people instead of everyone else in the world.
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