Attorney General Jeff Sessions had some bad news for illegal aliens who belong to street gangs.
According to The Hill, on Thursday, Sessions called for a crackdown on illegal immigration — especially when it comes to illegal immigrants who are involved with violent street gangs. He said,
“We are now working with the Department of Homeland Security and [Department of Health and Human Services] to examine the unaccompanied minors issue and the exploitation of that program by gang members who come to this country as wolves in sheep’s clothing.”
During his statements — which were given to law enforcement officials — Sessions stated that he is working with DHS to focus on unaccompanied minors who enter the country illegally. According to The Hill, these individuals will be placed in communities that are in “the best interests of the child.”
Many illegal immigrant minors have abused the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Currently, the program places juveniles in areas that are controlled by street gangs. As a matter of fact, MS-13 — one of the most brutal gangs in the country — has used the program to recruit more members into their group.
MS-13 — also known as La Mara Salvatrucha — originally came to the United States in the 1980s. Now, they operate in several major cities like New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. Sessions stated that the gang “represents some of the worst of the worst when it comes to criminal street gangs.”
The gang is known for their ruthless intimidation tactics, and their murderous tendencies. They typically murder their victims in egregious fashion, using knives and hatchets to dismember them. Many of the group’s members are minors who have entered the country illegally. With no family to provide a healthy environment, they make easy targets for the El Salvadoran street gang.
President Donald Trump has vowed to get rid of MS-13, and prevent them from threatening more American lives. In a speech given in July, he said, “Together we’re going to restore safety to our streets and peace to our communities and we’re going to destroy the vile, criminal cartel MS-13 and many other gangs,”
Earlier this year, DHS stated that they would specifically target members of MS-13, as well as other gangs. Some of the criteria they will use to root out illegal immigrants who are involved with the gang include gang tattoos, frequent areas where gang activity is high, and fraternize with known MS-13 operatives.
Sessions’ announcement is a welcome one for those of us who are tired of gangs conducting their illicit activities in their communities. Many have grown weary of the fact that these groups have been allowed to operate in their cities.
Naturally, the Attorney General’s speech was interrupted by protesters, who hurled accusations of racism at those who would see members of street gangs deported or arrested. However, any rational person can see that the government’s approach has nothing to do with racism — it is about saving lives.
Most of the immigrants who enter the country illegally don’t commit other crimes (other than illegal immigration), but there are a large number of those who become involved with gangs like MS-13. Regardless of where one stands on the immigration issue, it is important to support efforts to weed out those who would commit acts of violence against people in the United States.