Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco took to the airwaves Sunday to bash President Obama’s immigration policies blaming him for the recent rash of murders linked to MS-13 gang activities across Long island while lauding U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent visit to address local law enforcement on the same topic.
“In the community of Brentwood, where there is a big El Salvadoran population, we have had over the last nine months or so 11 bodies turned [sic] up,” Sheriff DeMarco told John Catsimatidis during an early morning interview on “The Cats Roundtable.”
The victims, many of whom were high schoolers, were allegedly targeted by MS-13 for refusing to join the gang or for defecting from its ranks.
“A large portion of the MS-13 gang members are here illegally,” DeMarco added. “And they arrive in the country through the Unaccompanied Minor Program, which was really loosened up and formed under President Obama.”
But DeMarco said he had faith in the new Trump administration’s approach, citing Session’s recent visit to Central Islip to discuss the ongoing, gang-related violence.
Sessions “came out and he wanted to hear from us,” the Sheriff crowed. “He was not telling us what he thought. He wanted to know what we needed and what we thought he could help us with.”
“The MS-13 mantra is kill rape and control, and so that should tell us enough about the kind of groups we confront,” Sessions told press and law enforcement during his visit to Long Island. “Our motto is justice for victims and consequences for criminals.
“We are targeting you. We are coming after you,” he said, addressing the vicious gang, which has ties to El Salvador and Honduras.
DeMarco, who met with Sessions, said he and the AG discussed a “need for federal gang prosecutors.”
“I totally support the President’s objective of border security,” the Sheriff added, echoing statements made by Sessions on April 28.
“This exclusive network [MS-13] smuggles gang members across the border and the gangs know if they come as unaccompanied minors, the country will transport them wherever they want to go,” Sessions said. “This is how we are, and gang members know this is how it works, and we will handle it. Criminals who are convicted will be deported.
The badly maimed bodies of four men suspected to have been slaughtered by MS-13 gangbangers were found in Central Islip in April.
The gang is also believed responsible for the brutal slaying of two friends, Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16, last fall in Brentwood.