The El Salvadorian gang known as MS-13 has been sweeping its way across the North Eastern part of the United States. A string of recent crimes has led New York Mayor to ask the feds for help in containing the MS-13 problem in the area of Long Island, usually a very well-to-do area.
With at least 11 grisly murders in the last few weeks, it has become clear the MS-13 members are targeting high-school age children, telling them that if they don’t join, they will get killed. So far, they have proved that these aren’t just promises.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions just gave a speech this week in a Long Island park, not far from where 4 young students were found not just dead, but dismembered.
The Daily Mail has more:
Late at night on Long Island, when helicopters thrum overhead and spotlights beam down onto lawns, many people here know exactly what’s going on.
‘You just think, ‘”Oh, God, whose child is it now?”‘ said Stephanie Spezia, a longtime resident of Brentwood, New York, a suburb in the heart of Long Island that is caught in the grip of a violent street gang with Central American ties, MS-13.
With MS-13 blamed for a trail of 11 corpses of mostly young people found since the start of the school year in Brentwood and Central Islip, the nation’s focus has turned on how the Central American street gang built such a presence here.
The bloodshed in the two blue-collar towns has gotten the attention of President Donald Trump, who says the killings are the result of lax immigration policies that let too many criminal ‘scum’ slip through.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a speech Friday not far from a park where the bodies of four young men were found this month bearing MS-13’s hallmarks: repeated slashes from a blade that left the victims nearly unrecognizable.
After one high school warned parents not to let their kids wear anything ‘gang-affiliated,’ gang members started deciding on a daily basis what colors were off-limits, leaving students to guess what not to wear.
‘Kids are losing their childhoods,’ said Jennifer Suarez, whose 15-year-old niece was beaten and hacked to death in the street last year. ‘You can see the stress on their faces as they get ready. It’s like, you know, they’re suiting up for battle.’
So how does a street gang with ties to Central America gain such an aggressive foothold in the suburbs of Long Island?
MS-13, or the Mara Salvatrucha, is believed by federal prosecutors to have thousands of members across the U.S., primarily immigrants from Central America. It has a stronghold in Los Angeles, where it emerged in the 1980s as a neighborhood street gang.