The violent El Salvadorian MS-13 gang is responsible for at least ten murders in Clark County, Nevada, Sheriff Joe Lombardo announced on Monday.
Lombardo said during the news conference that two of the murders by MS-13 occurred in 2017, while the other eight took place this year. All the murders by the gang occurred within a 12-month span, with the latest murder happening less than a week ago, Lombardo confirmed.
“The suspects involved in these crimes are extremely violent and killed their victims over as little as identifying with another gang or participating in street level narcotic sales,” Lombardo said. “All the victims were either shot or stabbed numerous times.”
Lombardo said his sheriff’s department is “confident” that the MS-13 gang members involved in the murders have been located and arrested.
Another official said one victim that had been shot and stabbed multiple times was a former MS-13 gang member. Weeks later, police discovered another murder victim of the gang who had been shot and stabbed. He too was a current or former MS-13 gang member.
The other victims, according to police, were involved with Mexican gangs.
In late 2017, Breitbart News reported how about one-third of the 215 MS-13 gang members arrested that month across the U.S. were unaccompanied minors who had illegally crossed into the country and were later resettled in the country.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Lee Francis Cissna warned President Trump’s administration last month that the current immigration system prevents the agency from deporting foreign-born MS-13 gang members.
“…There are no grounds in the law right now that permit us to deport a gang member merely because he’s a gang member,” Cissna said. “We have to wait until they’ve actually killed somebody or harmed an American. Then we have a reason to deport them; then we can get them. Or if they’re here unlawfully, okay. But if they’re here lawfully, and they’re a gang member, there’s no ground of removal, really.”