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FAIRFAX, Virginia — Immigrants who fled Central American countries to get away from transnational criminal organizations such as MS-13 have come to the United States only to find the exact same gangs terrorizing northern Virginia communities.
Five federal and local officials who work on gang matters in the region told the Washington Examiner that while they do not have a way to calculate exactly how many people — asylum seekers, temporary protected status recipients, immigrants, and those without documents — have been victims of crimes committed by MS-13 and others, the immigrant community in Fairfax County, Virginia, is often on the receiving end of extortion, violence, and other crimes.
The article goes on to state the following:
“We know that these gangs … victimize their own communities. We know that sometimes in these immigrant communities they may not report all the crimes to police and that people in these immigrant communities are also escaping the gangs from their countries, and they’re finding them over here in the United States as well,” said Francisco Klockner, a gang prevention coordinator with the Fairfax County juvenile and domestic relations district court.
Washington Examiner’s Anna Giaritelli reports that MS-13 still remains the biggest threat to immigrant communities, even in the United States. MS-13 extorts immigrants because they know they will not report crimes to the police, out of fear of being caught for being in the US illegally.
In Virginia alone, a 2017 report estimates there are about 1 million immigrants, with approximately 300,000 of those being undocumented. Salvadorans make up about 10% of the immigrants in Virginia.
MS-13, described as “by far the largest gang in northern Virginia,” are mostly Salvadorans, the report states.
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FAIRFAX, Virginia — Immigrants who fled Central American countries to get away from transnational criminal organizations such as MS-13 have come to the United States only to find the exact same gangs in northern Virginia. https://t.co/SsA6yw2ZTh
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) December 3, 2019
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