Today, President Donald J. Trump traveled to Long Island in New York, and gave remarks to local, State, and Federal law enforcement about the challenges of, and the Administration’s success regarding, MS-13. The event was held at the Suffolk County Police Academy.
MS-13, a transnational violent criminal organization, took advantage of the Obama Administration’s border policies and laidback interior immigration enforcement. MS-13 was allowed to engage in human trafficking in order to bring both its violent members as well as its victims into the United States. During the 2014-2016 Unaccompanied Alien Child surge, MS-13 increased their foothold in the United States, which allowed them to accelerate their domestic recruitment along with their overall operational freedom. MS-13 is known for its extreme violence and brutal practices employed against their enemies.
Just recently, several Long Island teenagers have been murdered by MS-13 members. In September 2016, Brentwood residents 15-year-old Nisa Mickens and 16-year-old Kalya Cuevas were found beaten to death. In March 2017, the skeletal remains of other missing teenagers were found and attributed to MS-13.
MS-13 has been allowed to grow and harm Americans for too long. “But from now on, we’re going to enforce our laws, protect our borders, and support our police like our police have never been supported before…We cannot tolerate as a society the spilling of innocent, young, wonderful, vibrant people -- sons and daughters, even husbands and wives. We cannot accept this violence one day more,” said the President.
President Trump, along with the help of Federal, State, and local law enforcement officials, is putting an end to violent organizations like MS-13. The Administration has called for an immigration policy that ensures those who seek to do harm are not allowed to enter the country. This policy, coupled with an increase in interior immigration enforcement, will ensure that members of MS-13 who have entered, or seek to enter the country illegally, will no longer be allowed to engage in activity that is a threat to the American people.
All Americans deserve to be safe in their communities, and the enforcement of these policies will ensure that members of MS-13 can no longer terrorize American communities.
“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,” said President Trump. “We will defend our country, protect our communities, and put the safety of the American people first.”