Donald Trump to declare war on MS-13 gang in NY

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Mr. Zeldin, a steadfast supporter of the president, called for an "all hands on deck mission from all levels of government" addressing gang violence, "from the enforcement of our immigration laws, worldwide efforts to combat various related criminal activity, to local efforts to educate and rehabilitate as necessary and appropriate". He also asked lawmaker to provide funding for an additional 10,000 federal immigration enforcement and removal officers, which would more than double the current number.

The Trump administration has made taking down MS-13 a new focus of it's hardline approach to illegal immigration.

"MS-13 is particularly violent", he said.

"Together we're going to restore safety to our streets and peace to our communities and we're going to destroy the vile, criminal cartel MS-13 and many other gangs", Trump said while flanked by local and state police.

"They will be out of here quickly", President Trump said, flanked on stage by men and women of law enforcement on Long Island, where he announced his anti-gang initiative.

"We are involved in a battle for the very soul of this nation, and that defines who we are as Americans", said Assemblyman Phil Ramos, a Democrat from Brentwood.

Under Trump, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has targeted the gang, deporting more than 2,700 criminal gang members in fiscal 2017, up from 2,057 in the whole of the previous fiscal year, the White House has said.

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) and Rep. Although Trump's visit to the island was not met with complete support, law enforcement officials say they're looking forward to it and are "extending a warm welcome" to the president. "I said, 'You can take the hand away, OK?'"

Immigrant rights groups said they planned to hold protests at Brentwood State Park at noon Friday. "We say loud and clear that he is not welcomed here".

Trump is speaking at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, where he'll ask for more resources to combat illegal immigration, as well as push for his campaign promise for a border wall. "These are issues that have had a devasting affect on millions of Americans, including law-abiding non-citizens who are here to make a better life for themselves, their families and their communities", said Sheriff DeMarco.

A day after suffering a major political defeat on his bid to overturn the Affordable Care Act, when the Senate voted down a repeal measure, the president seemed buoyed during his return to Long Island, where he spent part of his youth.

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