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Justice plans crackdown on violent street gangs

PBS NewsHour

A file photo shows Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaking at a news conference at the Justice Department in D.C. Photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department will crack down on violent gangs. Sessions on Tuesday called out one organization in particular, the MS-13 street gang, members of which are suspected in the killings of four people last week in Long Island. Sessions says in prepared remarks that gangs like MS-13 "represent one of the gravest threats to American safety." He says tougher enforcement of immigration and border crimes will curb gang activity. And he says cities that protect people in the country illegally make efforts to fight gang violence more difficult.


Jeff Sessions goes to El Salvador to learn how to eradicate the MS-13 gang

PBS NewsHour

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Sessions did not disclose his meetings with the Russian ambassador during the hearings. WASHINGTON -- With his future as the nation's top prosecutor in doubt after a week of blistering public scorn from the president, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is flying to El Salvador on Thursday seeking ways to stamp out the brutal street gang MS-13. As the Trump administration tries to build support for its crackdown on illegal immigration, it has increasingly tried to make the gang with Central American ties the face of the problem. Recent killings tied to its members have stoked the national debate on immigration. Trump praised Sessions when he announced his mission to eradicate the gang in April.


Sessions steps away from fray, flies to El Salvador to probe ways to stamp out MS-13 gang

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – With his future as the nation's top prosecutor in doubt after a week of blistering public scorn from the president, Attorney General Jeff Sessions flew to El Salvador Thursday seeking ways to stamp out the brutal street gang MS-13. As the Trump administration tries to build support for its crackdown on illegal immigration, it has increasingly tried to make the gang with Central American ties the face of the problem. Recent killings tied to its members have stoked the national debate on immigration. Trump praised Sessions when he announced his mission to eradicate the gang in April. But the attorney general has since fallen out of favor with his onetime political ally.


WATCH LIVE: Trump to trumpet MS-13 crackdown in Long Island

PBS NewsHour

Trumpeting his administration's crackdown on illegal immigration and violent crime, President Donald Trump is traveling to Long Island to urge Congress to dedicate more funding to the fight. Trump is set to speak Friday afternoon at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, New York, close to where the ultra-violent street gang MS-13 has committed a string of gruesome murders, including the massacre of four young men in April in a Central Islip park. You can watch his speech, scheduled for 1:40 p.m. EDT Friday, in the video above. Trump is expected to continue his tough talk on immigration and urge Congress to dedicate more funding to border enforcement and faster deportations in a speech in front of law enforcement officers and the family members of crime victims. Trump has made cracking down on MS-13, also called Mara Salvatrucha, a top priority of his administration.


MS-13 ‘initiation killings’: Lured to a park by girls and hacked to death with machetes

FOX News

The four young men who were hacked to death in a New York park in April were lured there by two women associated with the vicious MS-13 street gang, and ambushed by more than a dozen gang members armed with wooden clubs and machetes who engaged in "a horrific frenzy of violence," according to court documents obtained Wednesday by Fox News. The new details were released Monday as part of an indictment charging three of the street gang's alleged members -- Alexis Hernandez, Santis Leonel Ortiz-Flores and Omar Antonio Villata -- with the April 11 deaths of the four men. The three were each charged with one count of racketeering, one count of conspiracy to murder rival gang members and four counts of murder. In a letter arguing the suspects should be denied bail, prosecutors gave a new look inside what led to the brutal killings of Justin Llivicura, 16, Jorge Tigre, 18, Michael Lopez Banegas, 20, and 18-year-old Jefferson Villalobos, who was visiting from Florida at the time. A fifth young man who had accompanied the victims to the park ran for his life and escaped, the court memorandum said.