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Thanks Obama! Resurgence in MS-13 Gang Activity Linked to Obama Policies

MS-13 crime increased during the Obama years due to an influx of illegal immigrants and reduced enforcement of immigration law, according to a new study by the Center for Immigration Studies, which supports tough measures to combat illegal immigration.

The study ties the increase in crime to a changes to Bush administration policies made by the Obama administration.

From the study:

The Trump administration has declared war on MS-13, the notoriously brutal gang based in El Salvador. A similar initiative launched by the Bush administration in 2005 stifled the gang’s activity after several years, but the gang has been able to rebuild itself here since 2012.

The resurgence is directly connected to the illegal arrival and resettlement of more than 300,000 Central American youths and families that has continued unabated for six years, and to a de-prioritization of immigration enforcement in the interior of the country that occurred at the same time.

All criminal gangs are a threat to public safety, but MS-13 is a unique problem because of the unusually brutal crimes its members have committed, its success in using intimidation to victimize and control people in its territory, and its focus on recruiting young members, often in schools . . .

The proliferation of sanctuary policies that interfere with cooperation between state and local law enforcement agencies threatens to hamper efforts to stifle MS-13 activity.

MS-13 crimes are not primarily petty nuisance crimes; 207 MS-13 members were charged with murder. In addition we found more than 100 accused of conspiracy/racketeering, and dozens of others for drug trafficking, sex trafficking, attempted murder, sexual assaults, and extortion.

The gang activity subsided for a time following successful disruption and dismantling efforts, including ICE”s Operation Community Shield, which began in 2005. A key element in that success was the assertive use of immigration law enforcement tools . . . Documented gang members often were arrested on administrative immigration violations, which had the effect of disrupting the gang’s activities and ridding communities of troublemakers. In addition, these lower-level arrests often led to more significant criminal investigations of gang leaders and the dismantling of local MS-13 cliques.

The Obama administration revised these policies, however, and ICE field offices were directed to cease efforts to disrupt gangs by arresting members for immigration violations or minor crimes and instead focus on major conspiracy cases. ICE officers were no longer permitted to arrest and remove foreign gang members until they had been convicted of major crimes. Gang arrests by ICE plummeted from about 4,600 in 2012 to about 1,580 in 2014.

Bolding is mine. H/T Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner.

Video || Bill Clinton, Obama and Trump Agree?? on Immigration

Seems like President Trump might not be so radical after all . . . This was done a while ago but I just found it, maybe you haven’t seen it either.

It’s especially interesting to listen to Clinton. My, how Democrats have changed. The used to, only a few short years ago, all oppose gay marriage. Now if you do, you’re a homophobe. They used to want to send illegal immigrants home. Now if you do, you’re a racist.

As Pelosi Drones on About Dreamers, Rep. Matsui Begins Her Own Dream

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi put a member of her caucus to sleep today on the House floor reading what we White House reporrers used to call “sob stories” – actual examples of people affected by a policy – involving Dreamers. Rep. Doris Matsui of California was either stupified into unconsciousness by Pelosi’s remarks or… Continue Reading

Trump: Immigration Will Help GOP at the Ballot Box, Not Dems

From President Trump’s remarks to Republicans at their winter retreat at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia: The Republican position on immigration is the center, mainstream view of the American people, with some extra strength at the border and security at the border added in. What we’re asking for and what the… Continue Reading

Democrats: “Chain Migration” a Racist Slur

It’s clear now that you can no longer have a conversation about limiting immigration in any way without being called a racist. Here, for example, is Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson with his take Tuesday on President Trump’s compromise immigration proposal: The only coherent — if despicable — arguments for Trump’s plan are racial and… Continue Reading

White House to Release Legislative Proposal on DACA Monday

From a statement by the press secretary: The White House will release a legislative framework on Monday that represents a compromise that members of both parties can support. We encourage the Senate to bring it to the floor. This framework will fulfill the four agreed-upon pillars: securing the border and closing legal loopholes; ending extended-family… Continue Reading

Marie Harf to Progressives: Get Out of “Fantasyland”

Well now, that’s a tall order. Because fantasyland is where progressives spend most of their time. Nevertheless, Harf is right that a lot of lefties are just on a feel-good mission in their anger at Chuck Schumer, who knew that shutting down the government over illegal immigrants was going to kill any chance Democrats have… Continue Reading

Shutdown Ends; Trump Says Democrats “Have Come to Their Senses”

Democrats backed down Monday and agreed to allow the government to reopen, failing to make good on their promise to keep federal offices closed until Republicans struck a deal on DACA. All Democrats got from the GOP was a promise of a vote on a bill to address President Trump’s recision of Barack Obama’s order… Continue Reading

Why Are Republicans Blamed Every Time There’s a Shutdown?

I don’t get it. Republicans are moving legislation that would continue funding the government, and Democrats are opposing it because it doesn’t legalize “Dreamers” brought illegally to the United States as children. During the 2013 and 1995-96 shutdowns, Republicans were blamed for grinding the government to a halt. This time, it could not be more clear… Continue Reading

Trump Immigration Stance Could Cause Calif. to Lose Money, House Seat

From Politico: Fear is rising among Democrats over the prospect that President Donald Trump’s hard line on immigration might ultimately cost California a seat in Congress during the upcoming round of reapportionment. Top Democrats here are increasingly worried the administration’s restrictive policies — and the potential inclusion of a question about citizenship on the next… Continue Reading