President Trump says Mexico must do more to combat MS-13 gang

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 25, 2018

President Trump on Friday renewed his call for a border wall - saying it is needed to stop MS-13 gang members from El Salvador from re-entering the USA after being deported.

"MS-13 gang members are being removed by our Great ICE and Border Patrol Agents by the thousands, but these killers come back in from El Salvador, and through Mexico, like water", the president tweeted. "El Salvador just takes our money, and Mexico must help MORE with this problem. We need The Wall!" he added.

The Friday morning tweet comes a day after Trump suggested he may pull the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency out of California to protest so-called "sanctuary" jurisdictions, which the administration claims are a magnet for immigrants who commit crimes. In September, the US Justice Department and authorities from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras announced criminal charges against more than 3,800 members of the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs, 70 of them in six US states.

"The President is a first-rate negotiator", he told Fox & Friends Friday morning, "and I will suggest to you that that is what is going on".

The Trump administration has made its crackdown on gang violence, along with the border wall proposal, a central focus of its immigration agenda.

Trump complimented Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his handling of gang violence during a meeting to discuss school safety with state and local officials at the White House on Thursday.

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