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Increase of criminal deportations from US likely to result in rising Central American homicides and extortions

21 April 2017


US president Donald Trump announced plans to tackle Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gangs in US cities through a tweet on 18 April.

The statements came after four individuals were murdered in Central Islip, Long Island, on 13 April in an incident with potential gang links according to local police. MS-13 is one of two Central American gangs with connections in the United States; the other is Barrio 18 (M-18).

Following Trump's comment, Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated that he would support the Department of State if it chose to designate the group as a terrorist organisation and that the Trump administration was going to take as-yet undefined steps to dismantle the violent gangs.

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