Editor’s note: MS-13 is “out of control” in Northern Virginia and threatens the security of our citizens.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced: “Under President Trump, the Justice Department has zero tolerance for gang violence.”
Andrew R. Arthur | Center for Immigration Studies
During remarks to the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Council (AGOCC) and the Executive Committee of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) on April 18, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced: “Under President Trump, the Justice Department has zero tolerance for gang violence.” The attorney general specifically targeted La Mara Salvatrucha, or “MS-13,” stating:
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.
A Department of Justice (DOJ) Fact Sheet on MS-13 states that it “is a gang composed primarily of immigrants or descendants of immigrants from El Salvador” that “originated in Los Angeles, California” and has been functioning in the United States “since at least the 1980s.” With respect to its membership, DOJ reports that: “Gang members actively recruit members, including juveniles, from communities with a large number of immigrants from El Salvador,” and that the gang has “a large presence in New York, Virginia, and the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.” Continue reading