FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

Video: Sessions Says Justice Department will Target Gangs

April 19, 2017  | 

VIDEO: Sessions Says Justice Department will Target Gangs

Attorney General Jeff Sessions took aim at gangs Tuesday, and said sanctuary cities failure to cooperate with federal immigration authorities "dangerously undermines'' gang enforcement efforts.

Sessions specifically cited a resurgence of the violent criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha, known as MS-13. He said failure to properly enforce the nation’s immigration laws has allowed the criminal group, which draws members from Central American immigrant groups, to flourish, USA Today reports.

The attorney general said the gang, which began in Los Angeles in 1980s and is largely headquartered in the prisons of El Salvador, numbers more than 10,000 in the United States. Sessions, citing data compiled by the National Gang Intelligence Center, said membership has been rising "significantly'' in recent years, broadening their extortion, human trafficking and illegal drug distribution enterprises.

"Harboring criminal aliens only helps violent gangs like MS-13,'' Sessions told a meeting of the Organized Crime Council, a consortium of agencies across the government.  "Sanctuary cities are aiding these cartels to refill their ranks and putting innocent life — including the lives of countless law-abiding immigrants — in danger.''


Comments (2)

Displaying 1 - 2 of 2

RogerB @ 4/19/2017 4:49 PM

A year ago the headline read: "Lynch Says Justice Department Will Target Police!"

Soupman @ 4/20/2017 6:56 AM

Weird, a Federal Law Enforcement agency going after criminals instead of the police.

Join the Discussion

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Judge Blocks Los Angeles Gang Enforcement Program
The order is believed to mark the first time a judge has blocked Los Angeles officials...
Video: Judge Releases Footage Showing Marshal Shooting Suspect That Attacked Witness in Utah Court
The 24 seconds of video shows Siale Angilau, a member of the Tongan Crips gang, standing...
Video: Georgia Officer Dragged 1 Mile While Suspects Toss Guns from Car
A Marietta, GA, police officer conducting a traffic stop was dragged down the road for...
Shootings at Chicago Gang Members' Funerals Getting 'Out of Control,' Police Say
Chicago-area officials trying to prevent funerals for gang members from turning into...

Police Magazine