Past Features

April 18, 2017

Gangs Across America

Evelyn Rodriguez talks about the murder of her daughter last year, on Long Island, N.Y., on March 28. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Epoch Times -- April 11, 2017
Fear Grips Communities as MS-13 Gang Proliferates
Transnational street gang MS-13 encourages members to illegally enter the United States from Central America, and recruits new members from schools and communities around the country.
    At first, Evelyn Rodriguez thought her teenage daughter had forgotten to charge her phone --- it kept going straight to voicemail. Or maybe she had just lost track of time. But Kayla Cuevas and her best friend Nisa Mickens never blew through their 9 p.m. curfew, especially without checking in.
    “She would call me if she was going to be two minutes late,” said Rodriguez. Sept. 13 was a typical Tuesday in Brentwood, New York, and the girls had gone for a walk while it was still daylight.
    Earlier in the evening, Cuevas, who had turned 16 two months prior, and Mickens had been planning Mickens's birthday party. Mickens was turning 16 the next day. [...]
    Mickens's body had been discovered with such significant trauma to the face and head that she was almost unrecognizable, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of New York. She had been attacked with baseball bats and a machete. [...]
    “For far too long, on Long Island, MS-13 has been meting out its own version of the death penalty,” Capers said at a March 2 press conference. “The brutal murders... exemplify the depravity of a gang whose primary mission is murder.”
National Problem
   MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, is one of the largest criminal organizations in the country, with 6,000 to 10,000 members in at least 42 states, the FBI estimates. In addition, more than 60,000 members operate internationally, mostly in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

Glenn Spencer -- April 17, 2017
Glenn Spencer -- no comment
   I have spent twenty-five years trying to stop this bullshit, including holding rallies on Long Island, for which I was attacked by Newsday as running a 'hate group.'
    At this point, I have no comment.