“You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun.”
Those famous lines by Sean Connery in “The Untouchables” referred to government agents taking down Prohibition gangsters, but real-life agents are applying the same attitude against one of the most dangerous gangs operating today.
The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement just put the fear of God into the deadly group known as MS-13, and reminded everyone that ICE’s “gang” is bigger… and it’s coming after criminals.
“We’re taking this seriously. My gang is bigger than theirs and we are going to take them out,” top cop Thomas Homan stated to The Daily Caller.
“That’s the goal. The president supports that,” he continued. “We’re going to follow through on the president’s promise and we are going to take out MS-13 as much as we can.”
That multinational street gang, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, originated in Los Angeles and consists primarily of Hispanics with Central American connections.
MS-13 recruits heavily from the illegal immigrant population in the United States, and has carved out a name for itself as a ruthless and violent organization.
Acting Director Homan explained that “they seem to be the most violent right now and they think they can act with impunity.”
J. Thomas Manger, and Maryland police chief and president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, agreed with that assessment. He recently testified to the U.S. Senate that many of the gang’s victims suffer from “multiple blunt force trauma and stab wounds” and are “left in shallow graves in isolated wooded areas,” according to the Caller.
Despite that brutal reputation — or likely because of it — taking down MS-13 has become a key priority for the Trump administration. The president reportedly pledged during a cabinet meeting last month that the gang “will be gone pretty soon.”
Acting on Trump’s words, ICE Homeland Security Investigations have been conducting gang raids at a fast pace. Since the beginning of the year, 3,111 gang members have reportedly been arrested. Around ten percent of those are MS-13 gang members.
In addition to arrests, over 2,700 gang members have been deported from the United States so far this fiscal year.
Taking out any hardened gang is no easy task, and putting a dent in MS-13 will certainly be tough.
With that said, it’s incredibly refreshing to have a president who takes law enforcement seriously, and allows agencies like ICE to do their jobs when it comes to protecting American citizens.
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