When illegal aliens and migrants cross the border from countries like El Salvador, they are not sending their best and brightest by any means. Drug dealers, rapists, murderers, and all manner of criminals are sneaking into the United States in droves making the U.S. a dumping ground for the all the problems that ail the rest of the world. While former President Barrack Obama released nearly 600 illegal aliens convicted of a variety of sex crimes into the general populace of America in 2015 because their home countries did not want them and would not take them, current President Donald Trump is taking an entirely different tactic.
In a nearly three minute video posted to Twitter, President Trump addressed the “very vicious threat” known as MS-13. In the video, he declares “war” on MS13 and outlines his plan to combat the dangerous gang operating with thousands of members in at least 40 states. This gang is responsible for countless murders and a significant increase in human trafficking, as well as a host of other heinous crimes across the nation as they infiltrate our porous borders.
Also known as Mara Salvatrucha, MS-13 was started by Central American immigrants in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Members are mainly from El Salvador but has also grown to include Mexicans, Hondurans and other Central and South Americans. MS-13’s motto is “mata, viola, controla” – which means “kill, rape, control,” according to Robert Hur, an official with the Justice Department. Hur states – “They seek to live up to this motto through truly shocking acts of violence designed to instill fear: vicious machete attacks, execution-style gunshots, gang rape and human trafficking.”
Gang members perpetuate a number of various criminal acts, according to the FBI, including murder, rape, home invasions, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery. The FBI reports that most of the crimes are carried out against members of rival gangs, but many times innocent people are hurt as well.
Even the left-leaning mainstream media acknowledges there is a problem and used actual legitimate sources rather than the usual anonymous conjecture they are famous for. The Washington Post reported in May 2017 about how the government of El Salvador is freaking out over the record number of MS-13 gang members President Trump has started to deport back to their home countries.
“This year the U.S. government has deported 398 gang members to this country, compared with 534 in all of 2016, according to Salvadoran government statistics. This sharp increase in the rate of gang deportations — and the prospect of more gang roundups in the United States — has prompted Salvadoran authorities to hold emergency meetings and propose new legislation to monitor suspected criminals who are being sent home.”
The New York Times also reported that immigration arrests were up 38% for the first three months of 2017 over the same period last year, stating – “‘From Jan. 22 to April 29, ICE officers arrested 41,318 people, at a rate of more than 400 people per day, compared with 30,028 over roughly the same period in 2016, the data showed. These statistics reflect President Trump’s commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board,’ said Thomas Homan, the acting director of ICE, on a phone call with reporters.”
According to President Trump, part of his plan includes changing how immigrants enter the country as he vowed to change America’s “sad, weak and pathetic immigration laws” which he believes MS13 exploits to their advantage and to the detriment of Americans. He also again pledged to end the lottery system and chain migration.
Under current law, immigrants already residing in the United States can petition for visas for their spouses and minor children. Once the petitioner becomes a citizen they can ask for additional family members, like parents and adult children, to come over.
President also spoke of his plan to stop the visa lottery, which he believes should never have been allowed in the first place. President Trump states – “People enter into a lottery to come into our country. What kind of a system is that? It is time for Congress to act and to protect Americans. Every member of Congress should choose the side of law enforcement and the side of the American people. That’s the way it has to be.”
In addition to the video, President Trump tweeted what his administration believes to be three major priorities for reforming the current issues plaguing immigration policy in America. He states – “My Administration has identified three major priorities for creating a safe, modern and lawful immigration system: fully securing the border, ending chain migration, and canceling the visa lottery. Congress must secure the immigration system and protect Americans.”
In a roundtable at the White House, New York City Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official Angel Melendez told President Donald Trump that, in 2017 alone, nearly 41,000 UACs or Unaccompanied Alien Children, had been resettled across the U.S. She further revealed there were nearly 22,000 “potential recruits” for the violent El Salvadorian MS-13 gang resettled across the United States as UACs in 2017.
Melendez states that of the almost 41,000 UACs resettled across the country about 21,881 are from either El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras and are male, as well as “in the right age for gang recruitment” ranging between 13 to 17 years old. She continued stating – “What I’m saying, understanding MS-13, is that they’re looking at these 21,000 unaccompanied alien children that came into those states as potential recruits to continue to fill in their ranks … Another thing that we’ve been able to look at is, across certain operations that we’ve been able to manage throughout the last couple of years, 30 percent is a consistent number that we’ve seen of MS-13 members that have been arrested that came into this country as unaccompanied alien children.”
John Cronan from the DOJ’s Criminal Division also spoke with President Trump at the roundtable and reported that currently there are approximately 10,000 KNOWN MS-13 gang members living across the United States, noting in particular that these gang members are “primarily composed of immigrants or descendants of immigrants from El Salvador, and they have infiltrated our entire country.”
Cronan states – “The reason MS-13 is so massive in our country, the reason why they have 10,000 members in 40 states and the District of Columbia, is because many of those gang members have illegally entered our country. When we fail to enforce our immigration and human smuggling laws, when we have loopholes in our immigration laws, and when we have porous borders and insufficient enforcement of our immigration laws, MS-13 can simply replenish its jail population by sending more and more gang members across our borders.”