He has occasionally acted to propose that the vast majority of immigrants invading the United States from Mexico are members of the brutal band. In fact, the tens of thousands of people arrested at the border during the fiscal year ending in September were only 228 members of MS-13, from 437 in 2014, under Customs and Border Protection.
The chairman also linked the migration of young people flying from Central America with gang members using "loopholes" in the law to get housing. These loopholes, according to immigrant advocates, are in fact legal protection for children who release gang violence or family abuse.
In the audience, the families hit three of the four young men killed by the MS-13 behind a football plane in Central Islip in April 2017 to wipe their eyes.
Lourdes Banegas, whose son, Michael Lopez, was killed in the April attack, said before Trump's remarks that she supported the president's efforts to go after MS-13. But she said that his anti-immigrant language can be hard to hear.
"Those who killed my son are animals. True, Banegas said." They deserve to be deported. But because they are latino, and we are all also latino, they all climbed us together. That's the problem. "
Carlos Lopez, Michael's father, said he agreed with Trump's call for a breakdown of the gang. Otherwise, he said," There will be a dead body, after a dead body, after a dead body, how they found my son. "