AG Sessions Unleashes Crime Task Force To Destroy MS-13 ‘Like Al Capone’
President Trump ran in 2016 as the law and order candidate, vowing to eradicate MS-13 in the United States. On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions unveiled a new effort to remove the gang from neighborhoods across the country “with a renewed vigor and a sharpened focus.”
Washington Times reports:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that he’s designated the MS-13 street gang as a priority for the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces — enabling authorities to target the gang with a broader array of federal resources.
“Now they will go after MS-13 with a renewed vigor and a sharpened focus,” Mr. Sessions said Monday as he addressed the International Association of Chiefs of police conference in Philadelphia. “Just like we took Al Capone off the streets with our tax laws, we will use whatever laws we have to get MS-13 off of our streets.”
The priority designation will instruct federal agencies such as the IRS, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to target the El Salvador-based gang not just with drug laws but also tax, racketeering and firearms laws.
Sessions’ launch of the new task force is the most significant development in the Trump administration’s war against street gangs since the spring.
The Trump administration conducted a six-week sweep of suspected gang members with the final number arrested being 1,378. This is the largest gang sweep by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations yet. The operation ran from March 26 to May 6 with some of the major targets being: gang members and those involved with “transnational criminal activity, including drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder and racketeering.”
“Gangs threaten the safety of our communities, not just in major metropolitan areas, but in our suburbs and rural areas, too,” ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said Thursday. “Gang-related violence and criminal activity present an ongoing challenge for law enforcement everywhere.”
According to ICE, of the 1,378 total arrested, 933 were U.S. citizens, and 1,095 were confirmed as gang members or affiliates. Also, 104 of those arrested were affiliated with the dreaded MS-13 gang, eight of whom illegally crossed the border as unaccompanied minors.
“Our efforts to dismantle gangs are much more effective in areas where partnership with local law enforcement is strongest,” Homan said.
We must not forget the Trump administration is cleaning up a mess made far worse by the Obama White House. Obama’s DHS knowingly let in at least 16 MS-13 gang members who arrived at the U.S. as illegal immigrant teenagers in 2014, The Washington Times reported.
Obama and his corrupt agencies knowingly put Americans in danger with their disregard for the law. Where is the justice? The equally corrupt media never reports on stories like this because they are too busy obsessing over the Trump-Russia hoax.
You can read the full report by The Washington Times here.