Attorney General Jeff Sessions is headed to South America to organize a cooperative effort among law enforcement agencies battling dangerous criminal enterprises throughout multiple countries.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) organized the summit pursuant to the president’s executive order, which directed federal law enforcement agencies to develop cooperative strategies with international partners in order to defeat transnational criminal organizations.
On Thursday, Sessions will head to El Salvador to coordinate various international law enforcement agencies who are battling the crime syndicates wreaking havoc in Central America and along the U.S. border. These syndicates, which include the dangerous MS-13 gang, traffic people and drugs.
Several representatives of El Salvador, including President Salvador Sánchez Cerén and his attorneys general, will join with Sessions and the attorneys general of Honduras and Guatemala to participate in different meeting formats. The focus will be on MS-13 and other criminal groups who have made a substantial negative impact in the region.
President Trump and Attorney General Sessions have vowed to fight against MS-13 gangs in the United States. Sessions has increased pressure from the Department of Justice on the gang and is gaining cooperation from law enforcement agencies around the country. The DOJ has been busy arresting MS-13 members, as well as targeting other dangerous gang members.
Sessions said this administration will hunt the members down, imprison them, and ultimately deport them.
“We can devastate this gang, we’re going after them,” Sessions told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson back in April.
The agency continues to prove that it is one of the most effective in the Trump administration, making positive policy changes, opening important investigations, and making key arrests. Some of those include:
- Requiring sanctuary cities to give federal immigration authorities access to jails.
- A new policy on the civil asset forfeiture program.
- Opening several investigations into the criminal leaks that are plaguing the White House.
- The arrest of members of an ATM crime group.
- Taking down a banker conspiring to defraud the United States.
- Busting a massive illegal drug marketplace.
- Shutting down a child pornography ring.
In the video below, Sessions discusses the MS-13 gang and its relationship to El Salvador.
MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha; also known as simply MS or Mara) is an international criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles, California, US in the 1980s. The gang later spread to many parts of the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America, and is active in urban and suburban areas. Most members are ethnically of Central American origin (principally El Salvador).
In the U.S., the MS-13 has an especially heavy presence in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area in California; 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. There is also a presence of MS-13 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Members of MS are characterised by tattoos covering the body and also often the face, and by the use of their own sign language. They are notorious for their use of violence and a subcultural moral code that predominantly consists of merciless revenge and cruel retributions. This cruelty of the distinguished members of the “Maras” or “Mareros” earned them a path to be recruited by the Sinaloa Cartel battling against Los Zetas in an ongoing drug war in Mexico. Their wide-ranging activities have drawn the attention of the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who have initiated wide-scale raids against known and suspected gang members, arresting hundreds across the country.
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