The White House • May 24, 2018
President Trump's letter to Kim Jong Un
MS-13 is a threat to American communities
President Trump is committed to protecting our communities from the violence of MS-13, a transnational gang with the motto "kill, rape, control." The threat from MS-13 is no small problem: There are more than 10,000 members in the United States and more than 30,000 worldwide. The gang is active in at least 40 states, as well as our Nation's capital.
"You said the other day that these individuals are animals," Evelyn Rodriguez, whose daughter was killed by MS-13 in 2016, said to President Trump. "You're correct. They are animals in how they kill, how they get these kids and they torture them. No child should ever, ever have to suffer. As parents, we have to endure that pain, that numbness every day of our lives."
The Administration is fighting back on all fronts. ICE Homeland Security Investigations arrested nearly 800 MS-13 members and associates in fiscal year 2017—an 83 percent increase from the year before. The Department of Justice has worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 of the gang's members.
Ultimately, it is up to Congress to act. "I am calling on the Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13, and other criminals, to break into our country," President Trump said.
'Welcome aboard and welcome to the good fight'
Many American college students are graduating this month, and those at our Nation's military academies are no different. Vice President Mike Pence gave a commencement address yesterday to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's Class of 2018.
"On behalf of your Commander-in-Chief: Welcome aboard and welcome to the good fight," the Vice President said. "Truth is, you assume your watch at a time when your leadership and your service is needed more than ever before, because in our ever-shrinking world, more and more of the threats to the American people are local."
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Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks
President Donald J. Trump meets with members of the Bethpage, NY Fire Department | May 23, 2018