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El Salvador overwhelmed by returning gang members deported from the U.S.

May 30, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
El Salvador overwhelmed by returning gang members deported from the U.S.

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Authorities in El Salvador held emergency meetings after noting a sharp increase in the number of violent gang members being deported from the U.S. under the Trump administration.

Salvadoran officials have held emergency meetings and submitted new legislation to watch returning criminals and gang members that are coming back to El Salvador after deportation, the Washington Post reported.

The move by officials comes as a result of the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration and attempts to deport more criminal illegals from the U.S.

So far in 2017, the U.S. has deported 398 gang members back to El Salvador – compared to only 534 in 2016.

It is due to this accelerated increase in deportations that Salvadoran officials such as Héctor Antonio Rodríguez, the director of the immigration agency, are concerned about the impact that returning criminals will have in El Salvador.

Officials in El Salvador overwhelmed at the number of returning gang members deported from the U.S.

“This affects El Salvador. We have a climate of violence in the country that we are combating,” Rodríguez stated. “If gang members return, this worries us.”

Most of the returning gangsters are part of MS-13, an infamously violent gang that has plagued communities throughout the U.S. with brutal acts of violence. Although MS-13 began in Salvadoran communities in Los Angeles in the 1980’s, lax immigration strategies and weak border security helped the gang explode as MS-13 originated from illegals.

The recent killings of four teens in New York have put MS-13 in the national spotlight with Attorney General Jeff Sessions stating that U.S. authorities are going after them.

“The MS-13 motto is to kill, rape, control,” Sessions declared. “I have a message to the gangs: We are targeting you. We are coming after you.”

ICE detains several undocumented immigrants during a recent operation

At a rally in April, Trump emphasized the importance of removing illegal MS-13 gang members from the U.S.:

“At the heart of my administration’s efforts to restore the law has been a crackdown on criminal gangs, and that means taking the fight to sanctuary cities that shield these dangerous criminals from removal. The last weak administration allowed thousands of gang members to cross our borders and enter into our communities, where they wreaked havoc on citizens. The bloodthirsty cartel known as MS-13 has infiltrated our schools, threatening children.”

“We have seen horrible assaults and many killings all along Long Island where I grew up. We see the vicious spread of gangs into al states and the human suffering they bring with them. I have been with the parents. It is devastation. A very respected General recently told me that MS-13 are the equivalent to Al Qaeda. My administration will not rest until we have dismantled these gangs, and we are sending them the hell out of our country.”

According to Breitbart Texas, Senator Ron Johnson, the Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said recently obtained records from a whistleblower indicated that the Obama administration deliberately admitted 16 MS-13 gang members into the country in 2014.

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