President Donald Trump has landed at Macarthur Airport in Ronkonoma, as he prepared to come to the doorstep of Suffolk communities hard-hit by gang violence Friday to address the administration’s fight against the MS-13 gang.
President Donald Trump tweeted earlier that Long Island is “under siege from MS-13 gang members” as he departed for a speech in front of law enforcement Friday afternoon.
He attached a video clip of Suffolk Sheriff Vincent DeMarco speaking on Fox and Friends Friday morning about gang activity in the county.
Among Trump’s requests to Congress will be: 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers; a substantial increase in immigration judges; expedited removal of Central Americans; and legislation to punish sanctuary cities, the White House official said.
In his first visit to Long Island since taking office, Trump addressed hundreds of Long Island law enforcement personnel at Suffolk County Community College’s Brentwood campus. Also attending was Evelyn Rodriguez, mother of MS-13 victim Kayla Cuevas. Police say she attended at the invitation of the White House.
Immigrant advocate groups, however, protested what they called his administration’s harsh deportation policies that go beyond targeting criminals. Some also protested other Trump policies, such as his recent Twitter vow to bar transgender people from serving in the military.
Trump has touted his…