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MS-13 terrorizes families just miles from White House

December 23, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
MS-13 terrorizes families just miles from White House

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Only miles away from the White House, an MS-13 gang has set up shop and is terrorizing an immigrant community in Maryland. Their stronghold continues despite attempts by the Trump Administration to combat the ultra-violent international criminal gang.

The Washington Post reported that Abigail Bautista, an illegal from Guatemala, moved into the migrant area in Langley Park, Maryland, back in 2012 and in a month, she started to feel the fear of living in an MS-13 community.

The mom of five recalled the story of her first encounter with the MS-13. Bautista expressed the fear she felt as she pushed her cart along the road and three young men approached her. She said that one of the men asked her, “Do you know who we are?”

When the woman said no, they replied, “We are La Mara Salvatrucha, and here, there are rules.”

One of those commands included paying $60 “rent” every week, “or there would be trouble,” she added.

The neighborhood in which she resides is located seven miles from the White House.

Many of the victims of MS-13 crimes are illegals living in neighborhoods from Houston to Northern Virginia and even north to New York, where President Trump discussed gang violence earlier this year.

“We’re going to restore safety to our streets and peace to our communities, we’re going to destroy the vile cartel MS-13 and many others,” he promised police officers who gathered in July.

During Fiscal Year 2017, the President and the DOJ made immigration enforcement and combating gang violence top priorities. The result is the apprehensions of 5,000 gang members –including almost 800 MS-13 members.

Despite the attempt to crack down on MS-13, they continue their operations in cities across the U.S.

“They are preying on the communities they are living in,” Michael McElhenny, a supervisory special agent for the FBI in Maryland, said to the Washington Post.

The Washington Post highlighted the linked between a wave of almost 200,000 Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) who have illegally crossed into the U.S. in recent years–mostly from El Salvador and Honduras that are hotbeds for the MS-13.

Roughly 4,500 of these UACs went to Prince George County, Maryland, including many who are living in the Langley Park area.

“When those kids flee [Central America], communication goes from there to here,” Mark Edberg, a professor at George Washington University said. “The gang says, ‘Okay, you’ve got a bunch of kids coming — step up the pressure, step up the recruitment.’” Edberg has been studying gang violence since 2005.

A few years ago, Bautista paid smugglers to bring in her son that she had left in Guatemala almost a decade earlier across the U.S. border with Mexico. Once he came into the U.S. as a teen, the U.S. government completed the smugglers’ mission by taking him to his mother in Maryland.

It took under a year for Denis Montufar-Bautista to find himself on the “fringes of the gang — and in grave danger,” according to the Washington Post. When he declined to sell drugs on behalf of the group in High Point High School, gang members reportedly beat him. His mother eventually went to the authorities.

Denis had several other altercations with the gang and was beaten several times before the gang finally lured him to his death. The gang beat and stabbed him for talking to law enforcement.

Prince George’s County, Maryland, is deemed a sanctuary county by the Center for Immigration Studies.

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