A recent study reveals that mass deportations have deterred the expansion of the violent El Salvadorian MS-13 gang across the United States.
The State of New Jersey Commission of Investigation (NJCI) conducted research divulging that mass deportations of illegal aliens took place in the U.S. during the decades before and after the turn of the century, which kept the menacing MS-13 gang at bay for 20 years.
Getting a handle on crime
During the presidencies of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, the proliferation of the notorious MS-13 gang was stopped by an increased level of cooperation between police and federal immigration officials.
“In the 1990s and through the 2000s, law enforcement sought to counter MS-13’s growing influence by enlisting U.S. immigration authorities to deport tens of thousands of immigrants who had been convicted of crimes in the United States,” the NJCI report announced, according to Breitbart News.
But there was a twofold effect.
“The strategy proved a stopgap solution,” the report added. “While it initially diminished MS-13 in California, it exported the gang’s culture to Central America, where deep poverty and corruptible law enforcement agencies allowed the gang to flourish.”
Liberal immigration policies instituted since the mid-1960s greatly contributed to the establishment and proliferation of one of the nation’s – and world’s – most vicious and lethal gangs.
“The study also notes that mass immigration to the U.S. – where more than 60 million immigrants have arrived since 1965 – helped the MS-13 gang grow in membership and size, now spanning across 40 states with more than 10,000 members,” Breitbart’s John Binder recapped.
Today, the MS-13 gang has numerous strongholds in major areas across the U.S.
“Migration – both within the United States and from Central America to the United States – contributed to the gang’s spread through the 1990s and 2000s,” the NJCI report explained. “MS-13 established beachheads in Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; Virginia; Maryland; New Jersey; Long Island and; Massachusetts. Numerous cliques are now entrenched in these strongholds – fed by the recruitment of teens and young men.”
An immigration explosion in the U.S. has taken place for decades, according to the Pew Research Center, which reports that from 1965 to 2015, immigrants and their descendants made up 72 million of U.S. population growth, and it projects that by 2065, immigrants will account for 103 million more.
More obstacles for MS-13
Police and federal agents working together has been a major factor in keeping MS-13 from augmenting its forces around the U.S.
“The research found that cooperation between the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency and local law enforcement agencies – the opposite of sanctuary city laws – aid in arresting, prosecuting and deporting violent MS-13 gang members,” Binder noted.
ICE raids taking place in the form of sweeps across major suburban areas – including the Bay Area, Los Angeles Basin and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in the West and South, as well as raids along the Eastern Seaboard – have gotten a handle on crime by the immigrant gang through President Donald Trump’s tough-on-immigration policies.
“Visible MS-13 activity in New Jersey has waned considerably in the past three years – the result of aggressive prosecutions at the state and federal levels and a close partnership with ICE,” the New Jersey-based report announced. “Dozens of MS-13 members now sit in prison for crimes that include racketeering, conspiracy and murder.”
Vicious criminal MS-13 activity has also taken place to the north in New England, where brutal deaths have taken place on a regular basis.
“Most recently, six MS-13 gang members – four of whom are illegal aliens – were accused of butchering to death a 17-year-old Massachusetts boy,” Binder pointed out. “One of those MS-13 gang members successfully convinced an immigration judge that he was not affiliated with the gang.”
An ICE report published a decade ago during the first year of former President Barack Obama’s presidency brought more attention to the dangerous nature of MS-13, showing that from 2005 to 2007, the agency arrested more than 8,000 gangsters from more than 700 different gangs as part of a special initiative called Operation Community Shield (OCS).
Of the 8,000 arrests, 26 percent (1,668) were from the MS-13 gang, with 21 percent (1,399) coming from the Surenos gang.
“MS-13 is considered by law enforcement to be the fastest-growing and most violent street gang in the United States; wherever MS-13 goes, violence follows,” a 2008 Center for Immigration Studies report stated at the time. “Gang members have carried out beheadings and grenade attacks in Central America and have hacked people with machetes in cities along the East Coast in the United States. According to the FBI, MS-13’s motto is, ‘Mata, Viola, Controla,’ or, ‘Kill, Rape, Control.’”
During the OCS operation, 11 major U.S. cities reported having more than 200 arrests by the ICE office, including San Diego, Calif. (436); Atlanta, Ga. (428); San Francisco, Calif. (397); Dallas, Texas (379); Chicago, Ill. (342); Newark N.J. (332); Washington, D.C. (329); Miami, Fla. (325) and; Boston, Mass. (302).
MS-13 infiltrating a neighborhood near you?
In October, a quiet New Jersey suburb was the latest victim of MS-13 violence, which is not too uncommon in the Garden State.
Dealing drugs – as well as inflicting violence on the community – is staple behavior of most MS-13 gang members, such as one El Salvadorian gangster named “Reaper.”
“’Reaper’ explained how to kill by shooting or choking a victim,” the Asbury Park Press reported in October. “He detailed how deep to dig a hole to dispose of a body. He called a New Jersey suburb home.”
Reaper was not your ordinary MS-13 gang member, as he was responsible for coordinating crime up and down the Eastern Seaboard.
“Living a couple blocks from the Long Branch train station, Miguel Angel Corea Diaz – also known as ‘Reaper’ – was accused of trafficking heroin and ordering a murder in his role as the MS-13 ‘regional director for the East Coast,’ according to a New York court document,” Asbury Park Press’ Andrew Ford recounted.
The Hispanic MS-13 gangster is an illegal alien, like most who have traveled from Central America through Mexico to get to the U.S.
“Diaz, 36, was in the United States illegally, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” Ford informed. “He's from El Salvador, where the gang's leadership is based.”
Reaper’s criminal behavior spanned the globe, showing how the menace of MS-13 is rarely contained within one community.
“He's accused of acting like a corporate manager, orchestrating conference calls with MS-13 members in 10 countries on six continents,” Ford added. “His case underscores the gang’s reach around the world and across New Jersey.”