President Trump’s administration has made it a priority to dismantle the international M-13 gang, a brutally violent gang which recruits immigrants. The operation is seeing real success causing the President to say at a cabinet meeting on Monday that the gang “will be gone soon.”
“Great success, including MS-13,” Trump said about the Justice Department operation to crack down on the group “They’re being thrown out in record numbers and rapidly, and they’re being depleted. They will all be gone pretty soon.”
Attorney General Jess Sessions said in a speech last month that “if you are a gang member: we will find you. We will devastate your networks.” He followed up recently by saying that law enforcement officials across the U.S. are “so thrilled” with the operation.
The Daily Caller reports:
MS-13 is an international gang with its leadership based in El Salvador. Sessions has previously said that there was 30,000 members in El Salvador and an additional 10,000 spread across 40 U.S. states.
The gang is infamous for its brutal violence. A detective with the Chelsea, Massachusetts Police Department testified in a recent Senate hearing that he’s investigated cases in which MS-13 members have cut off limbs and attempted to decapitate a victim. He described this as violence he had never seen in 22 years as an investigator.
The gang recruits among immigrant communities, and the Trump administration has made the organization a focus. Sessions said in an April speech that “if you are a gang member: we will find you. We will devastate your networks.” President Trump at the time blamed Obama’s immigration policies for the spread of the gang.
In the latest victory in the campaign to rid America of M-13, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 1,378 gang members, many of whom are now faced with deportation proceedings.