Justice plans crackdown on violent street gangs

Caroline Beck
April 19, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has painted himself as tough on crime, specifically drug use and illegal immigration.

He goes on to blame "an open border and years of lax immigration enforcement" for the gang's rise and says sanctuary cities make gang recruitment easier.

Sessions on Tuesday called out one organization in particular, the MS-13 street gang, members of which are suspected in the killings of four people last week in Long Island.

MS-13 - or the Mara Salvatrucha - traces its origins to Los Angeles, where thousands fleeing El Salvador's bloody civil war in the 1980s arrived, to protect the immigrants from Mexican and African-American gangs.

"If you're a gang member, we'll find you".

The U.S. attorney said MS-13 is still recruiting across Charlotte, mostly targeting Latino neighborhoods and young children.

First, he told members of the National Association of Attorneys General on February 28 that the DOJ would "pull back on" suing police departments.

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The president later tweeted that "Sessions is doing a fantastic job: announced today new steps to dismantle violent gangs like MS-13".

The Justice Department will be holding a series of "listening sessions" with tribal leaders and law enforcement officials to better understand the challenges they face in addressing crime.

The broader mission is focused on strengthening relationships with reservations across the country.

Trump did not qualify exactly how he believed Obama had contributed to the growth of the gang, but has made spoken out about the need to deport people living in the USA who are undocumented and have committed crime.

Federal prosecutors have targeted MS-13 before, pursuing racketeering cases throughout the 2000s in places such as San Francisco, Maryland, northern Virginia; Charlotte, North Carolina; and elsewhere.

The Trump administration, led by Sessions, has taken a strong stance on sanctuary policies, claiming that local authorities are releasing unsafe criminals.

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