A short commute from New York City, Long Island has become the epicenter of President Trump's vow to eradicate the gang known as Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, notorious for gruesome murder tactics rather than large numbers of homicides. But in one affected town, residents are skeptical that the gang — in operation on the East Coast for nearly four decades — can be easily dismantled without hurting its larger immigrant community. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports.
U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to make "radical" changes to U.S. aid practices by withholding government assistance from countries that allow criminals to sneak into the United States. Trump spoke Wednesday at a forum in New York, a U.S. state that is battling gang activity. New York officials briefed Trump on the progress they have made in dismantling the violent Mara Salvatrucha gang, also known as MS-13. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
Forty percent of border crossers whose claims were finalized in the first three months of this year were granted refugee status, down from 53 percent for all of 2017, according to data provided by Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board