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DOJ 'Devoting Additional Resources' to Fight MS-13 Gang

DOJ 'Devoting Additional Resources' to Fight MS-13 Gang
Evelyn Rodriguez and Freddy Cuevas, parents of children who were murdered by MS-13, watch as U.S. President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 06 February 2018 04:49 PM

The Trump administration underscored its effort Tuesday to combat the deadly MS-13 gang, saying it is throwing additional federal resources at the issue to help state and local authorities defeat the group.

Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan addressed the media at the daily White House press briefing and spoke about the Department of Justice's battle against MS-13, which takes place both on the street and in the courtroom.

"The Attorney General [Jeff Sessions] has made it clear that he's devoting additional resources to ensure that the district attorney's offices have the prosecutors necessary to address the scourge in our community," said Cronan, who noting that the gang has roughly 10,000 members across 40 states and the District of Columbia.

"There will be sufficient resources targeting MS-13 and we will continue to devote those resources to that threat."

Cronan acknowledged that MS-13 has posed a threat in the U.S. for more than a decade, although he would not admit that previous administrations failed to do enough to stop the gang. It has, however, increased its level of violence in recent years.

"I do think we've seen a significant uptick in their violence the past several years," Cronan said. "When you look at the acts of atrocities they have committed in local communities here and across the country, I think it's a new threat. Unlike one we've really seen from a violent transnational crime gang."

President Donald Trump often references MS-13 and the violence it causes in the U.S. It's been reported that the gang takes advantage of immigration loopholes to gain entry to the U.S. Other gang members simply enter the country illegally and are not tracked.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders put the onus on Democrats to help include immigration reform and border security in a spending bill before Thursday night's deadline to avert a government shutdown.

"The president isn't looking for this, but if the Democratic Party is going to continue to shut down because they won't include responsible immigration reforms, including fixing MS-13 loopholes and other issues, then the president welcomes that fight," Sanders said.

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, Trump spoke during a roundtable discussion regarding MS-13 and said a shutdown would be "worth it" if it means America's borders would be secured.

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The Trump administration underscored its effort Tuesday to combat the deadly MS-13 gang, saying it is throwing additional federal resources at the issue to help state and local authorities defeat the group.
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