These are the criminals that have snuck into the United States, but who politicians say aren’t a threat.
Yet we’re now learning that the violence these animals are committing includes cutting out peoples’ hearts – right here in America.
According to a 78-page federal indictment released Tuesday, eighteen members of MS-13 were indicted on multiple charges.
The group identified by name “and others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, were members and associates of the Mara Salvatrucha street gang in Los Angeles, otherwise known as MS-13 (hereinafter referred to as “MS 13”)”.
It’s a criminal organization operating in and around Los Angeles, California and other parts of America. According to prosecutors, members and associates engaged in, among other things, numerous acts of violence and other crimes, including murder, assault, robbery, trafficking in narcotics, and possessing dangerous weapons, including machetes and firearms.
The charges include racketeering, kidnapping, murder, assault, robbery and numerous other counts. Inclusive in the murder charges, those arrested are accused of carrying out seven grisly killings over the past two years. These murders include:
- Six members of the gang suspected the victim of being in a rival gang. They believed he had defaced MS-13 graffiti. They abducted him and drove him to a remote area of the Angeles National Forest. They then killed him with a machete. They dismembered him, cut out his heart and threw his body parts into the canyon.
- Two members drove a person they believed to be an informant to the same forest and killed him with a machete.
- Multiple members were involved in the stabbing death of a 26-year old man. They stuffed him inside a suitcase and dumped it off of the 14 Freeway.
- Members beat an 18-year old man to death with a baseball bat.
- Members bludgeoned a 17-year old girl with a rock and left her remains in the San Gabriel Mountains.
- Members shot and killed a 34-year old man. They wanted to see the victim’s tattoos to see if he was from a rival gang.
- The crime that started the indictment, Brayan Andino was lured by two female gang associates to Lake Balboa. He was then abducted by other gang members. Andino’s body was later found at the bottom of Lopez Canyon.
In an interview with KTLA, Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI field office in LA said,
“We haven’t seen this level of violence associated with MS-13 in Southern California. Many of those accused are young individuals who came to the country within the last four years. They communicated about their crimes through social media, posted photos of themselves online throwing MS-13 hand signs and dealt in narcotics to fund their activities, according to authorities.
Several of the victims are also recent immigrants, some of them suspected of belonging to rival gangs who had cooperated with authorities in their home countries.
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First, as illustrated in Delacourt’s comments, many of these individuals were in the U.S. for less than 4 years and were not in the country legally.
In case any of you were not aware, you must fill out an N-400 to apply for citizenship. The requirements necessary to apply, include:
1) Be 18 years or older
2) Be a lawful Green Card holder (a Legal Permanent Resident)
3) Have been in the United States for the last five years consecutively
(Note: If you are married to a U.S. Citizen, the amount of time that you must have been in the United States consecutively is reduced from 5 years to 3 years)
4) Show that you have lived for at least three months in the same state or USCIS district where you currently live
Second, most of these defendants already have a criminal record having been in either state or federal custody. Enter California’s Sanctuary policies.
In a tweet by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore, the mayor states:
A message for all Angelenos: Here in Los Angeles, we will not be coordinating with ICE.
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) July 13, 2019
“No matter their immigration status, I want every Angeleno to know their rights and how to exercise them. Remember: you have the right to remain silent. You don’t have to open your door to an ICE agen that doesn’t have a warrant signed by a judge.
You have the right to speak to a lawyer before signing any documents or speaking to law enforcement. And if you need help finding an attorney, you can call 311 and learn more about our Justice Fund and other resources that offer legal support.
And whenever possible, keep a record of everything that happens. Take note of an officer’s name and badge number, of when and where you are being questioned, so you can use that information in your own defense.
And most importantly, I want you to know, you do not need to be afraid. Your city is on your side, and rest assured, here in Los Angeles we are not coordination with ICE.”
Chief Moore added:
“Our police force does not do the job of federal law enforcement. So I want to reiterate what the Mayor just said: the Los Angeles Police Department is not assisting ICE in any way.
We will not enforce immigration laws that are civil in nature and fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government.
Immigration is a federal matter. Safety is a police matter. And we are not going to mix the two.
Everything we do is focused on what is best for the safety of all Angelenos, and consistent with our commitment to constitutional policing and deepening our community partnerships. Simply put, we are here to protect and serve all the people of Los Angeles, regardless of their immigration status.”
Although people like some of these MS 13 members meet the requirements for being removed from the country, the LAPD has no intention to provide assistance in this “federal” matter.
Why does the LAPD condone this? Why is a sworn officer of the law playing politics? Never mind the fact that the gang members at the heart of this indictment, do not hold law enforcement in high esteemed.
MS-13 had zero tolerance for members and associates who cooperate with law enforcement. Once MS-13 had evidence that someone cooperated with law enforcement, by reputation, word of mouth, or by receiving and reviewing law enforcement reports or videos of interviews, MS-13 would issue a “green light” as to that person, which was an order that if any MS-13 member saw the person who was allegedly or actually cooperating with law enforcement, that person was to be killed on sight.
If California was not a sanctuary state, ICE may have been able remove these individuals prior to them committing these heinous crimes
It is about time the police start policing, politics be damned.