Thursday, February 15, 2018

PBS Frontline: "The Gang Crackdown", and the history of MS-13; documentary focuses on Long Island, NY

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, PBS Frontline aired “The Gang Crackdown”, subtitled “How the U.S. Fueled the Rise of MS-13”, major link here
 Indeed, this seems to pre-date Donald Trump, with wars in El Salvador pursued by Bill Clinton, and then Bush and Obama (who was quite aggressive). Trump is wrong to complain that earlier presidents didn’t do anything.
The film focuses on police intelligence particularly in Long Island, which involves local police departments and county sheriffs  more than the FBI.   In some circles, teens are effectively “conscripted”.
The New York Times has a factual article by Liz Robbins from January 31 tracing the problem back to the 1980s in El Salvador, here
Miriam Valderde has a similar article on Politifact 
 The article refers to the problem of unaccompanied minors from south of Mexico (not Mexico itself) which predates Trump.   Much of it has to do with how the asylum seeking process works, which has been controversial with recent changes (“last in, first out”).  It does not appear that this would affect an appropriate resolution of the DACA problem.

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