The Trump administration is sending violent gang members back to their home countries in droves -- so many that one country is dreading what's to come.
El Salvador authorities are holding emergency meetings and trying to come up with new laws to keep track of all the criminals being deported from the U.S., The Washington Post reports.
This year the U.S. government has deported 398 gang members to this country, compared with 534 in all of 2016, according to Salvadoran government statistics. This sharp increase in the rate of gang deportations — and the prospect of more gang roundups in the United States — has prompted Salvadoran authorities to hold emergency meetings and propose new legislation to monitor suspected criminals who are being sent home.
This clearly affects El Salvador. We already have a climate of violence in the country that we are combating,” said Héctor Antonio Rodríguez, the director of the country’s immigration agency. “If gang members return, of course this worries us.”
President Trump has targeted members of the violent gang known as MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha. Earlier this month he said the organization will be “gone from our streets very soon, believe me.” And Trump is making the rounding up of MS-13 members a top priority.