AG Sessions Takes Fight To El Salvador
On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveled to El Salvador to help with the administration’s fight against the transnational criminal organization known as MS-13, among other Central American offenders who enter the U.S. illegally.
The Justice Department confirmed that Sessions will be meeting with the El Salvador president in San Salvador, the nation’s capital. They’ll be covering issues “related to MS-13, immigration, drugs, and human trafficking…”
This trip was scheduled after President Trump signed an executive order calling for law enforcement to work harder to dismantle transnational gangs who are involved with international drug and human trafficking.
Sessions And Trump Working To Fight Organized Crime
The Daily Caller writes:
“While Sessions has faced continued criticism from President Trump, who has called him “beleaguered” and his actions “very weak,” the two men have always been public about their shared focus on MS-13.”
“The notoriously violent gang is based out of El Salvador and has about 10,000 members in the U.S., and recruits from the immigrant community. President Trump said in a June cabinet meeting that the gang “will be gone pretty soon,” and he is traveling to Long Island Friday to discuss the administration’s fight against the group.”
President Wants Sessions Focused On Gangs
The Hill writes:
“The El Salvadorian gang, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, is infamous for its brutality and gang loyalty and has a large presence in the U.S. Sessions’s visit coincides with the Trump administration’s law and order agenda, however the president has continued to ratchet up his criticism of Sessions in recent days. Trump’s criticism of his own attorney general is unusual because Trump appointed him.”
“The president has taken several shots at Sessions recently for his decision to recuse himself from the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the election.”