Trump promises to destroy violent MS-13 gang

| Updated: Jul 29, 2017 07:35 IST

New York [U.S.A], July 29 (ANI):U.S.President Donald Trump traveled to Long Island and promised to provide safety to the communities by "dismantling and eradicating" the deadly criminal cartel Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 street gang. "Together we're going to restore safety to our streets and peace to our communities and we're going to destroy the criminal cartel MS-13 and many other gangs," Trump said, as he was addressing enforcement officials at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood about the notorious MS-13 gang and asking for more resources to combat illegal immigration. Trump promised his administration would "dismantle, decimate and eradicate" MS-13 and also issued warning to immigrant criminals that he is seeking to deport them. "We will find you, we will arrest you, we will jail you and we will deport you," Trump said. Trump also claimed that laws are written to "protect the criminal" and "not the officers". He told the law enforcement officials that the "laws are stacked against you" and need to be changed. "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 violent gang known as Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, originated decades ago among Salvadoran immigrants in Los Angeles and has since built a criminal network that extends across the US, with thriving pockets in the Washington, D.C. suburbs and here on Long Island, just an hour or so east of New York City. It's estimated to have 10,000 members nationwide. "We're getting them out," he said. "They're going to jails and then they're going back to their country, or they're going back to their country period." He also appeared to advocate rougher treatment of people in police custody, speaking dismissively of arresting officers who protect suspects' heads while putting them in police cars. 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. (ANI)