Washington, DC – The vicious El Salvadoran MS-13 gang, which has terrorized urban centers across the country is now stronger than ever thanks to the explosive growth in its numbers under the Obama administration. Fueled by 300,000 illegal aliens, including those given amnesty under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program instituted by Obama, MS-13 has gone on a crime spree and has now been linked to crimes in 22 states, according to a new report.
Since 2012, 207 murders have been tied to the El Salvadoran gang called “Mara Salvatrucha,” and there are over 500 cases nationwide of MS-13 members being charged in major crimes, according to the report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
But instead of being able to deport these illegal aliens who are ravaging the country, so-called “sanctuary cities” have refused to cooperate with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), making it virtually impossible for ICE to track down and deport these alien criminals.
The resistance from sanctuary cities has not deterred President Donald Trump who has pledged to crack down on the notoriously violent gang and deport those in the United States illegally.
Detailing how the gang rebuilt itself under Obama’s open-border immigration policies, the report’s author and deputy director for the Center, Jessica Vaughan wrote,
“This resurgence represents a very serious threat to public safety in communities where MS-13 has rebuilt itself. The resurgence is directly connected to the illegal arrival and resettlement of more than 300,000 Central American youths and families that has continued unabated for six years, and to a de-prioritization of immigration enforcement in the interior of the country that occurred at the same time.”
The research Vaughan supervised at the immigration think tank found that MS-13 concentrations were in areas where so-called “unaccompanied alien children” were put under Obama, including Virginia, California, Maryland and New York. They included those participating in DACA who Democrats in Congress are fighting for.
She cited an example of a Maryland DACA recipient charged with gang activity who urged pals in El Salvador to take advantage of Obama’s policies, writing,
“One MS-13 clique leader in Frederick, Md., who had received a DACA work permit and was employed as a custodian at a middle school in Frederick, Md., and who was recently incarcerated for various gang-related crimes, reportedly was told by gang leaders in El Salvador to take advantage of the lenient policies on UACs to bring in new recruits, knowing that they would be allowed to resettle in the area with few questions asked. Several of these unaccompanied minors now have been arrested and incarcerated for various crimes, including a vicious random attack on a sheriff’s deputy in 2015.”
MS-13 rose to notoriety for its brutal methods. Torture, rape and violent crime are the hallmarks of the gang and Vaughan wrote in the report,
“The MS-13 members identified in the cases we found were accused of very serious crimes, including 207 murders. More than 100 were accused of conspiracy/racketeering, and dozens of others were charged with drug trafficking, sex trafficking, attempted murder, sexual assaults, and extortion.”
The report also noted the difficulty in seizing and deporting the illegal aliens involved because the crimes occurred in many of the 300 sanctuary regions in the nation that do not cooperate with ICE. According to the report,
“The proliferation of sanctuaries may complicate disruption of MS-13.”
“Many of the hotbeds of MS-13 activity are also places where local officials have adopted sanctuary policies. These policies prevent ICE from working effectively with local law enforcement agencies. There are approximately 300 sanctuary jurisdictions in the country, and they include municipalities, counties, and states. About half of the MS-13 arrests in our case set (222) occurred in sanctuary jurisdictions.”
Contrary to the narrative being spun by the Democrats, illegal aliens do not actually contribute to the economy and instead will cost Americans a 2018 Mercedes-Benz SUV each over the course of their time in the U.S. With sanctuary cities continuing to thwart the legitimate moves by the Trump administration to clamp down on the notorious El Salvadoran gang, MS-13’s violence and brazenness is expected to rise.