According to an Inside-the-Beltway legal watchdog report on Tuesday, the District of Columbia and its surrounding areas are deluged with illegal aliens gangs that specialize in juvenile sex-trafficking operations. The criminal aliens are benefiting from the city's "don’t-ask-don’t tell" immigration policies, also known as Sanctuary City policies, currently practiced by area police.
For a number of years violent street gangs, especially the MS-13 or Mara Salvatrucha, have specialized in narcotics-trafficking and the prostitution of minors in the District of Columbia area. Law enforcement officials have confirmed that the majority of the members of the notoriously violent MS-13 are illegal immigrants with active criminal records, most of them Mexican nationals, followed by Salvadorans and Hondurans.
The United States Treasury Department in October 2012 announced that its officials designated the violent and powerful gang MS-13 as a "transnational criminal organization." MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, originated in El Salvador and a large chapter was set up by immigrants, many of them illegal, in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
But, according to Judicial Watch, local sanctuary policies -- such as those in place in D.C. and the area surrounding it -- present the biggest obstacle to combating gang violence and the illicit businesses they operate.
In fact, a 2008 study sanctioned by the Department of Justice (DOJ) confirmed this, explaining that don’t-ask-don’t-tell immigration policies in sanctuary cities shield deportable violent criminals, especially gangbangers, from federal authorities.
"This appears to be fueling the underage sex-trafficking business in the metro D.C. area. In recent years the feds have busted a number of rings, but there are countless others in a region where sanctuary policies force cops to operate with one hand tied behind their backs. Just this week an criminal alien pleaded guilty in Alexandria, Va., to recruiting a pregnant teenager to work for a prostitution ring operated by the MS-13 in various parts of the state," stated officials with Judicial Watch.
In spite of the suffering of young child dragged into participating in gang-operated prostitution rings near the nation’s capital, last fall the Obama administration surreptitiously shutdown a crucial FBI division -- National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) --dedicated to countering gang violence. This reduction in law enforcement assets came at a time when gang violence in the United States was at an all-time high, according to the government figures compiled by Judicial Watch for its report.
When the NGIC got the ax, its latest annual gang threat assessment had revealed that gangs are responsible for nearly half of all violent crimes in most parts of the country and up to 90% in many jurisdictions. That’s because there are over 33,000 active gangs in the U.S. with some 1.4 million members, according to the now-defunct NGIC, which was created by Congress in 2005 to help curb the growth of gangs and related criminal activity.