He spoke about it all of the time. He brought them up on stage with him. He gave them a voice. Now, he’s giving them results.
When he was candidate Trump, the sometimes too straight talking, New Yorker often railed against the failure of the government to monitor the borders and keep it’s people safe. This is one of the primary functions of the federal government, and they were doing an awful job.
With the parents of Kate Steinle, Jamiel Shaw, Josh Wilkerson and many other families on stage recounting their sad stories of loss at the hands of an illegal immigrant, Mr. Trump vowed to do something about it.
During the third, and final, presidential debate, the Republican nominee vowed to get rid of the “bad, bad people” who are illegal in the United States. “But we have some bad hombres here and we’re going to get them out.” he said.
“No one really listened to us, our story really wasn’t heard,” said Sabine Durden, whose son was killed by an illegal. “When I heard Mr Trump, I started screaming. Finally, someone who had the guts to say what millions are thinking.”
Mrs. Durden is not the only American who finally feels heard, for once, and now that Trump is president, and one of the most vocal opponents to illegal immigration, Jeff Sessions, is the Attorney General, things on the illegal immigration front are getting done.
The El Salvadorian gang, which Sessions estimates to be 10,000 spread across 40 U.S. states, has “evolved into one of the most violent and murderous gangs in the world,” according to one police commissioner.
In recent testimony, top law officials informed Congress on just how vicious, savage and evil this South American gang is.
Timothy Sini, police commissioner of Suffolk County (N.Y.) Police Department, testified to the fact that MS-13 preys on illegal immigrants for its members, and that the median age is just 18.
Even though they are young, they are no less vicious. Mr. Sini testified to that fact, telling Congress that what “distinguishes the MS-13 homicides is the premeditation, brutality and callousness in which they were committed; with many of the victims suffering from multiple blunt force trauma and stab wounds and left in shallow graves in isolated wooded areas.”
“Some of which as a 22-year investigator I’ve never investigated before,” Scott Conley, a detective with the Chelsea, Massachusetts Police Department and a member of an FBI task force, told Congress before adding, “To include cutting off of limbs, and the attempt to cut off a victim’s head with a machete.”
Sini also told Congress that MS-13 has “evolved into one of the most violent and murderous gangs in the world.”
Since President Trump was sworn in, there has been an attitude shift in dealing with criminal, violent gangs, not just MS-13. Since early January, ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has increased its number of gang raids and the number of gang members arrested has also increased since that time.
Raids conducted have led to the arrests of 3,111 gang members, 2,798 of those have been deported in 2017, so far. Of the total arrested, over 10% were MS-13 members, 357 to be exact.
Just one recent ICE HSI joint operation with local New York law enforcement, was very successful. That series of raids, across 30 days, resulted in the arrest of 39 MS-13 members.
Another member of the team taking on this gang is Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director Thomas Homan. Recently, Mr. Homan showed that he is up to the task of taking down this group of savages when he told The Daily Caller “My gang is bigger than theirs and we are going to take them out.”
“That’s the goal. The president supports that. We’re going to follow through on the president’s promise and we are going to take out MS-13 as much as we can.” While HSI “targets many gangs”, according to Homan, he did tell The DC Caller that they were concentrating their efforts on MS-13, since “they seem to be the most violent right now and they think they can act with impunity.”
The gang is finding out that this administration will fearlessly take them on, and not let them act with such freedom. That bold action seems to be having a lot of success. In a June cabinet meeting, the president said MS-13 is being “depleted” and “will be gone pretty soon.” To those families that believed in Mr. Trump, now President Trump, it must feel like a small victory. Nothing will ever bring back their loved ones, but being heard and having justice done can bring a lot of closure.