President Donald Trump traveled to Long Island Friday to discuss efforts to combat the violent MS-13 gang, telling law enforcement “don’t be too nice” and warning immigrant criminals he is seeking to deport them.
“Together we’re going to restore safety to our streets and peace to our communities and we’re going to destroy the vile, criminal cartel MS-13 and many other gangs,” Trump said.
Long Island has been particularly affected by the brutal street gang, with recent high-profile murders gripping the community there.
“We’ve gotten a lot of them out of here,” Trump said. “But the rest are coming. They’ll be out of here quickly, right? Quickly.”
Trump and his key surrogates — Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly — have spoken frequently about the perniciousness of MS-13 and its relationship to illegal immigration.
“We’re going to enforce our laws, protect our borders and support our police like our police have never been supported before,” Trump said.
The gang has strongholds in the US, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The Obama administration’s Treasury Department sanctioned the gang in 2012 as a transnational criminal organization — the first such designation for a street gang. The US law enforcement community has also been fighting the gang for years.
“We will find you, we will arrest you, we will jail you and we will deport you,” Trump said.
Sessions was in El Salvador this week to discuss the threat from that side of the border, as well, with the Justice Department announcing Thursday that Salvadoran prosecutors charged 113 MS-13 gang members.