U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowd to enforce immigration laws and crack down on gang violence, in a speech Friday on Long Island – which has been terrorized by the MS-13 street gang.
“The Justice Department has zero tolerance for gang violence. If you are a gang member, know this: 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,” he said.
The attorney general’s appearance comes amid a spate of violence in two communities near the federal courthouse in Central Islip where he spoke to law enforcement officials.
MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha; also known as MS or Mara) is an international criminal gang that formed in Los Angeles in the 1980s. The gang is often ethnically composed of Salvadorans.
It has spread to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas of Fairfax County, Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland, and Prince George’s County, Maryland; Queens, New York; Long Island, New York; Newark, New Jersey, Plainfield, New Jersey; Jersey City, New Jersey; Elizabeth, New Jersey; the Boston, Massachusetts area; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Houston, Texas.
On April 12 the bodies of four young men were found at a nearby park in Central Islip. All had been badly beaten and bore MS-13’s hallmarks: repeated slashes from a blade that left the victims nearly unrecognizable.