If USAG Sessions seemed tough in his last decree, he’s now putting nails in the proverbial coffin—hammering down gangs. Upon meeting with his Organized Crime Council and OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force) Executive Committee, Sessions solidified Team Trump’s mission to eradicate gangs and minimize the lawlessness plaguing the United States.
“Under President Trump, the Justice Department has zero tolerance for gang violence,” Sessions stressed. “If you are a gang member: We will find you. We will devastate your networks. We will starve your revenue sources, deplete your ranks, and seize your profits. We will not concede a single block or street corner to your vicious tactics.”
Team Trump’s USAG has the MS-13 outfit in his proverbial crosshairs—the FBI views them as a global, tier-one threat.
“Transnational, criminal organizations like MS-13 represent one of the gravest threats to American safety. These organizations enrich themselves by pedaling poison in our communities, trafficking children for sexual exploitation and inflicting horrific violence in the communities where they operate,” Sessions explained. “MS-13 has become a symbol of this plague that has spread across our country and into our communities. There are over 30,000 members abroad with their headquarters in the El Salvadoran prison system. According to the National Gang Intelligence Center, MS-13 now has more than 10,000 members in at least 40 states in this country—up significantly from just a few years ago. … Because of an open border and years of lax, immigration enforcement, MS-13 has been sending both recruiters and members to regenerate gangs that previously had been decimated and smuggling members across the border as unaccompanied minors. They are not content to simply ruin the lives of adults—MS-13 recruits in our high schools, our middle schools and even our elementary schools,” he added with authority.
It has been since at least 2014 that MS-13 used Arizona-based Nogales center (a Border Patrol building) to pull orphaned youths into their ranks.