The Washington Post reports that El Salvador is panicking over all the MS-13 gang members they are getting back now that President Trump is deporting them. However, many came here as unaccompanied minor “children” and belong back in El Salvador.
The Trump administration’s push to deport more Central American gang members has alarmed officials here who fear that the returning gangsters could exacerbate violence in one of the deadliest countries in the hemisphere.
This year the U.S. government has deported 398 gang members to this country, compared with 534 in all of 2016, according to Salvadoran government statistics. This sharp increase in the rate of gang deportations — and the prospect of more gang roundups in the United States — has prompted Salvadoran authorities to hold emergency meetings and propose new legislation to monitor suspected criminals who are being sent home.
“This clearly affects El Salvador. We already have a climate of violence in the country that we are combating,” said Héctor Antonio Rodríguez, the director of the country’s immigration agency. “If gang members return, of course this worries us.”
We have at least 400 in my Long Island county alone and 398 doesn’t sound like all that many. As far as El Salvador is concerned, the gangs are being run out of El Salvador.
Trump has addressed the gang in speeches.
In tweets and speeches, President Trump has made MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, the leading symbol of the dangers of illegal immigration and the need for more and faster deportations. He has compared the gang’s “meanness” with that of al-Qaeda. He promised last week that the organization will be “gone from our streets very soon, believe me.” Recent high-profile killings, such as that of a 15-year-old Salvadoran girl in Springfield, Va., and a string of slayings on Long Island, have fueled concerns of an MS-13 resurgence in the United States.
The President of El Salvador, Sanchez Ceren, will have to try harder to get the gangs under control.
Ceren’s party, the FMLN [Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front], the current ruling party, was backed by this vicious MS-13 gang, a gang which is brutal even by gang standards.
Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13 is a transnational criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles in the 1980’s and are also based in 40 US cities, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. The gang’s leaders are in El Salvador.
El Salvador’s gangs dedicate themselves to criminal activities such as extortion, human and drug trafficking, theft, identity theft and money laundering.
The Central American country’s largest gangs, MS-13 and Barrio 18, both have roots in the street gangs of Los Angeles, where allegedly marginalized Salvadoran migrants fleeing civil war in the 1980s banded together.
If they come here feeling marginalized, perhaps the United States isn’t for them.
Most of the 50,000 gang members are Central Americans. There are at least 10,000 of them in the United States and most are here illegally.
It is believed that FMLN is turning El Salvador into a secure stronghold for gangs and traffickers. El Salvador provides a pathway for 80% of the cocaine that reaches the United States. Money from drugs is being laundered through Salvador’s dollarized economy.
When he ran for office in 2014, Ceren had promised a glass of milk a day for every child and free school supplies to the country’s poor. His welfare programs have greatly contributed to the country’s debt. El Salvador is a very poor country and many rely on money sent back from other countries, mostly the United States.
This is Ceren’s second term. Sanchez Ceren has bowed to the influence of Venezuela, where the socialist government has taken over private companies and is a failed nation.
The Salvadorian President is said to be at war with these gangs. Seventy percent of homicides are attributed to gangs and 49 percent of victims are members of such criminal structures, according to telesur.
The gangs have settled in and taken control of many working class and highly populated neighborhoods. According to the authorities, the country of 6.3 million people is home to an estimated 70,000 gang members, most of them youngsters. Some 10,000 gang members are in prison, Telesur reports.
That’s what we have been importing into the United States.