Patrick Young was one of the protesters who gathered on Long Island Friday to protest Attorney General Jeff Sessions as he delivered remarks to law enforcement on gang violence.
Sessions said the Trump administration is firmly committed to enforcing immigration laws.
"The MS-13 motto is kill, rape and control", said Sessions, per the Times.
"Our motto", he added, "will be justice for victims and consequences for criminals". If you are a gang member, we will find you; we will devastate your networks, starve your revenue sources, deplete your ranks, and seize your profits.
FBI New York Division Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney, "The violence happening in communities on Long Island and the increasing incidents involving MS-13 are the most important cases for members of the FBI's Long Island Gang Task Force".
Still, after a private meeting with Sessions, the commissioners of both the Nassau and Suffolk police departments said they meant to keep in place long-standing policies that police will not ask crime victims or potential witnesses about their immigration status.
He also noted that Trump was personally aware of the MS-13-related murders on Long Island.
"Imagine what they would have said if he didn't come?" "It's like, you know, they're suiting up for battle". Then, these people will be deported.
About 100 advocates for immigrant rights protested Friday outside the courthouse, which had very tight security. "Really, it's an assault, on the rule of law and on law abiding men and women", Sessions said of MS-13 and other gangs like it at a federal courthouse in Central Islip. He's with the not-for-profit Make The Road New York in Brentwood.
Trump has promised to eradicate the gang in the USA through strict enforcement of immigration law.
"There are over 30,000, they tell me now, MS-13 members overseas, with their headquarters in the El Salvadoran prison system".
Almost 200 suspected MS-13 members have been rounded up since September on Long Island.
"It's shameful, it's disgraceful that leaders of the community who claim to be leaders, people who claim to be elected officials, would criticize the Attorney General", said King (R-L.I.).
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered 25 additional state officers to patrol Brentwood and Central Islip, and the unit will share surveillance equipment, vehicles and intelligence with local law enforcement.
Tucker pointed out that 92 percent of MS-13 members are illegal immigrants, so it's simply false to argue that immigration has nothing to do with the gang. Demonstrators said they fear the Trump Administration would use the gang crisis to push forward an anti-immigrant agenda will only drive gang informants further into the shadows. But they also exist because of easy access to firearms and a culture in some of the most financially distressed of USA cities that glorifies violence. The heroin trade that has made Paterson a haven for crime is certainly fed by the flow of that drug into the city.
This is the same argument we hear from regressive immigration attorneys like Patrick Young who was among the protestors against AG Sessions in Long Island.
"Securing our borders and restoring a lawful system of immigration are essential parts of a strategy to combat criminal groups and ensure public safety in our country".