Conservatives seem to be pretty mixed about Jeff Sessions. Recusing himself from the Russia investigation made a lot of people upset. And for good reason. At the same time, he did what he thought was right and there is definitely an argument to be made that he had to do that. Sessions made a lot of states rights advocates mad when he decided to go after marijuana recently.
At the same time, Sessions has also managed to do a lot of good things. When he showed up on the scene he promised he was going to go after MS-13 hard.
From Fox News:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week promised to deal with the brutal street gang MS-13 in the same way that “we took Al Capone off the streets.”
Amid a series of gruesome, high-profile murders across the United States, MS-13 has become a major focus of President Trump’s Justice Department. But dismantling the gang, whose numbers are estimated to be around 10,000 nationwide, is no easy task: MS-13 has infiltrated communities across the country – and throughout Central America – since its formation in 1980s Southern California.
“MS-13 functions like all immigrant organized crime groups. They start by targeting their own community,” Lou Gentile, a former officer at the Organized Crime Unit of the Pennsylvania State Police and founder of investigative firm CSI, told Fox News. “MS-13 preys on their own, they exploit their own.”
He wasn’t playing around.
This week, some great news broke about the progress he’s making that should make Americans proud no matter who they voted for in 2016.
Trump’s DEA made a huge apprehension.
From The Daily Caller:
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) bagged the senior MS-13 leader for the Northeast U.S. along with 11 other high-ranking members of the gang in a Thursday crackdown operation, the New York Post reported.
The 17 defendants — five of whom are not MS-13 members — are facing charges including second-degree murder, drug trafficking, and conspiracy. They face up to 25 years in prison if convicted, the Post reported Thursday. The unnamed Long Island-based leader operated two cells, code-named “Hollywood” and “Sailors.” He reported and transferred proceeds directly to MS-13 heads in El Salvador, according to the DEA.
The crackdown is the most recent operation against MS-13 since President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have made it a top priority to bring down the cartel. Sessions has heavily criticized sanctuary cities as well, claiming they are sanctuaries for crime.
Can’t argue with that.
Say what you want about Jeff Sessions but he has brought some serious leadership to the department when it comes to law enforcement. MS-13 has taken a big hit since he took office.
A serious amount of arrests are being made.
From NBC News:
More than 250 alleged MS-13 gang members and associates were arrested after an investigation that lasted more than a year across two countries, authorities announced Wednesday.
“Today I am pleased to announce the arrest of 267 MS-13 gang members and associates in conjunction of ICE’s most recent targeted anti-gang effort known as ‘Operation Raging Bull,’” said Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]