It didn’t take long after Trump delivered his speech in Long Island on Friday, vowing to eliminate the notorious MS-13 gang, for CNN to wage an attack against the president on his stance to “destroy” the violent street gang.
In its latest hit piece, CNN aired a segment claiming that MS-13 gang members allegedly feel “emboldened” by Trump, suggesting that Trump’s pledge to defeat the gang is only serving to make the violent street gang stronger, according to a report published Friday by CNN correspondent Dan Lieberman, titled “MS-13 members: Trump makes the gang stronger.”
Lieberman’s article reads:
“For the last couple months, we were speaking with gang members from MS-13 and victims of the gang and immigrants on Long Island, and they say that Trump policies and rhetoric are helping the gang, emboldening the gang.”
He lays out a case where an illegal immigrant woman, under the alias “Margarita,” whose teenage son was allegedly attacked by MS-13 gang members in their suburban neighborhood, claims she was afraid to report the crime to police out of fear of being deported.
“It’s not like before, where … they (the gang) were more hidden,” said Margarita, adding that a decade after fleeing violence in El Salvador she has never felt more afraid. “People can get deported, so they don’t call the police. So they (MS-13) feel more free.”
The report further claims that several victims of the gang and immigrants on Long Island have revealed to CNN that Trump’s immigration crackdown is fueling MS-13’s stronghold “because witnesses are more reluctant to come forward for fear of being deported.”
“I think it’s emboldening them, because this gives them the opportunity to tell immigrants, ‘What are you gonna do? Are you going to report us? They’re deporting other innocent people … (so) they’re going to associate you with us by you coming forward,'” said Walter Barrientos, Long Island coordinator with Make the Road, an immigrant advocacy group.
Another MS-13 gang member, who was interviewed by CNN, called “Alex”, claims that Trump is “helping them” because “Trump himself has made everybody fear,” therefore the MS-13 “feel like they can do whatever they want.”
However, a White House official set the record straight and clarified the administration’s motives to continue prosecuting and deporting MS-13 gang members, which have strongholds in the United States, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
“The reality is that we are removing MS-13 and other criminal gang members in very large numbers, and they are hurting,” the official said.
“As far as reporting crime is concerned, the biggest impediment as I said earlier, is sanctuary cities, where … illegal immigrant gang members are released from a prison or jail and then we have to go searching for them at great costs … and at great personal risk to the officers.”
“If you want to be looking at strategies that need to change and change right away, sanctuary cities would be at the top of that list.”
The Trump administration is working alongside the Justice Department to increase the number of raids and deportations of MS-13 members and other criminal gang members, as well as aggressive working to stop the influx of more violent illegal immigrants from entering the U.S.
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