MS-13 Gang Crackdown
In 2017, Trump issued an executive order directing the Justice Department and the federal agencies to “dismantle” transnational criminal organizations such as MS-13. MS-13 is the only street gang designated by the Treasury Department as a transnational criminal organization.
The arrests come as Trump touts his administration’s “tough on crime” policies. Since the beginning of his term, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), part of the Department of Homeland Security, has deported more than 16,000 gang members and arrested more than 2,000 MS-13 members.