President Donald Trump has promised to continually purge U.S. streets of MS-13, the notorious, violent gang that originates in El Salvador, Central America.More are accused in MS-13-related killings in Virginia, Maryland
But if the President continues to send MS-13 members back to Central America, Salvadoran officials worry that the country’s crime and violence will only grow – and they have begun discussing contingencies for the scenario.
“This clearly affects El Salvador,” Hector Antonio Rodriquez, the country’s Immigration Agency Director, told the Washington Post. “We already have a climate of violence in the country that we are combating. If gang members return, of course this worries us.”
According to Salvadoran government statistics, the U.S. government has deported 398 gang members this year alone – compared to 534 members throughout 2016.
The increase in gang deportations has prompted Salvadoran officials to hold emergency meetings and propose legislation that would monitor returning suspected criminals, according to the report.
The President has tweeted about MS-13 and the danger in not stopping gang members from entering the United States, saying “[t]he Democrats don’t want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members.”
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