New York State Police are dispatching officers and equipment to Long Island to combat MS-13, a brutal global gang tied to a series of local killings that have drawn national attention in recent weeks.
"We can not continue with this transporting across our border, illegal immigrants who have not been properly vetted and actually are part of criminal organizations", Sessions said.
"I really think that he is going to use this gang issue to justify just rounding up random people that are here", said Michelle Terrell, of Bay Shore.
"The justice department has zero tolerance for gang violence", Sessions said.
MS-13 quickly grew to be the strongest of the new, Central American gangs that cropped up to rival the already established Mexican gangs in the barrios.
Insightcrime.org notes that, within the United States "the gang operates much more like an average street gang, with an emphasis on local drug sales and "protecting" urban turf".
Kayla and her lifelong friend Nisa Mickens, 15, were walking on a street near their homes when men with baseball bats and a machete jumped out and attacked them. "If we work together I believe we can dismantle these organizations, and it's going to be one of our top priorities", he said. MS-13 is active in 40 states plus the District of Columbia, the department estimates, and has found in recent investigations that gang leaders in El Salvador are directing U.S. cliques to become more violent.
He went on to say, "If they commit crimes or violate people's civil rights, this Department of Justice will come after them and anyone else that does that, but all we've got to get away from the idea of blaming the police". He is expected to be at the federal courthouse for an hour-long meeting with representatives from the various law enforcement agencies battling gangs in Suffolk County. "This is how we are, and gang members know this is how it works, and we will handle it. Criminals who are convicted will be deported". All had been badly beaten and bore MS-13's hallmarks: repeated slashes from a blade that left the victims almost unrecognizable.
"Our job is to say to MS-13, 'Enough is enough, '" he said.
"We will secure our border, expand immigration enforcement and choke off supply lines", he said earlier this month.
"This attitude that there's a brand new threat and it's new and it's all immigration, there is not a piece of that narrative that is accurate", said Jorja Leap, an anthropologist and longtime gang researcher at UCLA. "Every time they convert a young person to their unsafe, depraved life of violence and crime they steal those young people's future and our nation's future". "We will not concede our territory to Illegal gangs".
Sessions also addressed the heroin and opioid epidemic sweeping the nation.
He spoke to a phalanx of local, state and federal law enforcement miles from a park where four young men, between the ages of 16 and 20, were recently found dead and badly beaten. "We have your back".
As AG Sessions was talking with stakeholders trying to control the scourge of this transnational gang, which continues to be fueled by the placement of unaccompanied children (UACs) from Central America, outside the venue more than 100 demonstrators protested the Trump immigration policies.
"The first Executive Order our President gave me was to reduce crime in America", he said.
And, he said, steps would be taken to end the "lawless practice of so called sanctuary jurisdictions".
Sessions said 42 percent of defendants in U.S. District Courts were not citizens.
"We almost killed ourselves from the shock", said Ullaguari, who is an Ecuadorean immigrant.
"We should have been there too", Mayes said.