Friday, 17 July 2020

Different Approaches to MS-13 killers.

Thanks to Barack Obama’s open border policies, MS-13 was energized with new recruits provided by a steady flow of illegal immigrant minors. When the Obama administration started welcoming a barrage of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) in 2014, Homeland Security sources told Judicial Watch that the nation’s most violent street gangs—including MS-13 and the 18th Street gang—were actively recruiting new members at U.S. shelters housing the minors. The Texas  Department of Public Safety subsequently confirmed that the MS-13 is a top tier gang thanks to the influx of illegal alien gang members that crossed into the state under Obama’s disastrous program, which saw over 60,000 illegal immigrants—many with criminal histories—storm into the U.S. in a matter of months. Tens of thousands more have entered since then.
President Trump vowed to crush the famously savage MS-13 and shortly after taking office issued an Executive Order directing several agencies, including the departments of Justice, State and Homeland Security, to coordinate an effort to restore safety for the American people by extinguishing transitional criminal organizations such as MS-13. The order states that the criminal groups have spread throughout the nation, threatening the safety of the United States and its citizens. “These organizations derive revenue through widespread illegal conduct, including acts of violence and abuse that exhibit a wanton disregard for human life,” the order says. “They, for example, have been known to commit brutal murders, rapes, and other barbaric acts. These groups are drivers of crime, corruption, violence, and misery.” The president gives federal agencies 120 days to report progress in combating the criminal organizations as well as recommended actions for dismantling them.
In August 2019 Attorney General William Barr launched an initiative known as Joint Task Force Vulcan (JTFV) to address MS-13 with a coordinated force of federal law enforcement agencies and the Department of Justice (DOJ). JTFV has increased collaboration with foreign law enforcement partners, including in El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala; designated priority MS-13 programs, cliques and leaders, who have the most impact on the U.S., for targeted prosecutions, and; coordinated significant MS-13 indictments in U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country, such as New York, Virginia and Nevada. Less than a year after its formation, the task force has recorded big successes. This week the DOJ announced a number of significant JTFV cases, including for the first time an MS-13 member being charged with terrorism-related offenses, the take down of the MS-13 Hollywood leadership and the Attorney General’s decision to seek the death penalty against an MS-13 operative. JTFV Director John Durham calls it the result of tremendous teamwork between prosecutors and law enforcement officers across the United States and Central America.
The cases announced this week include an indictment against a high-ranking MS-13 operative, Melgar Diaz, in Virginia. Diaz is charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, conspiring to kill or maim persons overseas, conspiring to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries, conspiring to finance terrorism, and; conspiring to engage in narco-terrorism, in addition to racketeering conspiracy and drug trafficking. In another case eight MS-13 members were indicted in New York for committing six murders, two attempted murders, kidnapping, narcotics felonies and related firearms offenses. In Nevada 13 MS-13 gang bangers, including leaders of the “Hollywood Locos” clique and “Los Angeles Program” were charged with multiple counts of narcotics distribution and weapons crimes. The task force is also responsible for the indictment in New York of Alexi Saenz, an MS-13 leader accused of committing seven murders, including two high school students with a machete and baseball bat. “MS-13 is a violent transnational criminal organization, whose criminal activities respect no boundaries,” said Durham, the JTFV director. “The only way to defeat MS-13 is by targeting the organization as a whole, focusing on the leadership structure, and deploying a whole-of-government approach against a common enemy.”
President Trump said in a July 15 statement, "We’ve just concluded a historic operation, leading to the arrest and indictment of dozens of savage MS-13 members and leaders all across the country.  So this is something that’s taken place over the last few days. I want to thank Attorney General Barr for doing a great job. MS-13 has been a problem for our country for a long time.  We’ve taken them out by the thousands."
"While radical left-wing politicians have fought to open border my administration has fought for safe streets.  We want security for our people.  We want the rule of law.  We want law and order.
In the last three years, ICE has deported over 16,000 gang members and arrested over 2,000 members of MS-13.  Think of those numbers: 16,000 and arrested over 2,000 members of MS-13.  We’ve also deported a lot of the MS-13s out of our country.
This week’s action by the Joint Task Force Vulcan is the most recent offense to — we really — this has been a big offensive in my administration’s war on foreign gangs, of which we came into this administration and we said, “What’s going on?”  We had gangs from countries that you wouldn’t believe.  More than 20 of the criminals we indicted and arrested in the past seven days were illegal aliens.
Yesterday, for the first time ever, the Eastern District of Virginia — thank you very much — indicted MS-13 leaders on charges of terrorism.  So we have the MS-13 leader on charges of terrorism.  And that’s a first.
In New York and Nevada, 21 MS-13 members and leaders have been indicted on charges, including murder, kidnapping, and drug trafficking.
The DOJ has also announced that it will seek the death penalty for a bloodthirsty MS-13 leader responsible for the despicable killing of seven Americans, including two teenage girls.
So when Biden and the radical left want to open borders for MS-13 and others, we want strong borders, we want — as I’ve said, we want borders.  Without borders, you don’t have a country."  
In December, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office handed down charges against 96 members and associates of the MS-13 gang. The allegations included brutal murders using machetes, assaults, rapes, a large-scale drug-selling operation and widespread intimidation of immigrants on Long Island.
MS-13's motto is "kill, rape, control," but, when Trump highlighted the utter cruelty of these gruesome killers, Nancy Pelosi was upset with the president. She condemned Trump for referring to MS-13 members as “animals.”
As Fox News Tucker Carlson expressed it, "Criticizing MS-13 would mean asking questions about the Democratic Party's orthodoxy on immigration. It would expose Nancy Pelosi's absurd lie that every single immigrant is impressive and must be allowed to stay in the country, no questions asked. Nobody in the left wants to talk about any of this. So instead, they just defend MS-13." 
And they protect them by preventing ICE from rounding up these killers and making their streets safer for citizens in Democrat "sanctuary cities" that offer little sanctuary to law abiding residents. 
Research by Barry Shaw, IISS.

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