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ICYMI: Rubio: Use Federal Resources against Tren de Aragua

Mar 15, 2024 | Press Releases

Venezuelan gangs are importing next-level brutality, fear to our streets. We must stop them now

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

March 15, 2024

Fox News

…[Tren de Aragua] originated in Venezuela, but [its members] left their homeland and spent the last few years sowing fear and instability in Chile and Peru, and spreading absolute chaos in Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia. They specialize in extortion, kidnapping, murder, sex slavery, and the drug trade. Now, thanks to an open southern border, Tren de Aragua is setting up shop in U.S. cities. 

President Joe Biden must mobilize federal resources to counter this gang before it takes deeper root in our communities. This means designating it a Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO). Joining me in this call is U.S. Representative María Elvira Salazar (R-FL), as well as 21 other members of Congress.

There’s no time to lose, because Tren de Aragua’s…“stabbings, assaults and robberies” are on the rise in several metropolitan areas. Moreover, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fears the gang’s leaders are forming an alliance with Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)….

[D]esignating Tren de Aragua a TCO would empower the federal government to impose sanctions on the gang and its members by freezing their assets and restricting their travel. It would also prompt federal agencies to prioritize Tren de Aragua. The FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security would increase their collaboration with each other and international partners to investigate and dismantle these criminal invaders.

Would any of these changes be a silver bullet? No. But they would put us in the right direction. Absent action, there is a very real chance that our cities will begin to resemble the Latin American communities in which Tren de Aragua rose to power….

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