Sessions Chooses Latino Community Victimized By Hate To ‘Drum Up Fear Of Immigrant Violence’

“What we do not need is a divisive figure like Jeff Sessions coming up from Washington to try to turn our tragedy into one of his polarizing political talking points.”
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    Before uttering a word of his speech on Salvadoran gang violence, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions already has opened up old wounds of a Long Island immigrant community still scarred by a 2008 hate crime.

    Sessions has chosen the island’s federal courthouse, about 50 miles outside New York City Hall, as the site for his talk on MS-13.

    The Mara Salvatrucha, as they are otherwise known, trace back to El Salvador’s brutal civil war. After the conflict dragged on for 10 years, fueled in part by President Ronald Reagan’s military aid to Salvadoran death squads, the United States became home to a large percentage of the war’s estimated 500,000 refugees.



    Co-founded in Los Angeles by a soldier of that war, MS-13 has become an international criminal organization with ties to the drug trade, contract killing, money laundering and arms trafficking.

    Sessions is set to speak this morning at the courthouse where federal prosecutors obtained a guilty plea from MS-13 member Arnolvin Umanzor Velasquez for his participation in the execution-style murder of two brothers in Brentwood, a Latino-majority hamlet known as “The Jewel of Long Island.”

    In a community whose bright red streak stands out in thoroughly blue downstate New York, the memory of these 2012 killings might have made Central Islip a natural location for Sessions to drum up fear of immigrant violence.

    But Rep. Kathleen Rice, a Democrat from nearby Nassau County, offered Sessions some advice.

    “Yes, MS-13 is a serious threat,” the congresswoman posted Thursday on Twitter. “But you won’t touch them if the immigrant community is afraid to talk to you.”

    Just this week, Sessions opened up a hotline under his program Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE).

    Various news outlets have reported on the flood of prank calls the line has received, reporting UFOs and extraterrestrial aliens, but Suffolk County Latinos are not laughing. 

    Twenty minutes outside the courthouse in the bayside town of Patchogue is where a group of teenagers killed Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero. Activists here have blamed the Nov. 8, 2008, on nativist fervor whipped up by local politicians.

    Extremism watchdogs at The Southern Poverty Law Center dissected the regular harassment of Suffolk County Latinos in their 2009 report “Climate of Fear.” The paper depicts local police and politicians as aloof to and sometimes complicit in crimes against the immigrant community.

    Deportation fears make many immigrants reluctant to report crimes against them, but those who do speak out say they have being shot with BB guns, driven off the road on their bicycles, and targeted in arson attacks.

    For the advocacy group Make the Road, which has offices in nearby Brentwood, Sessions’ visit rubs old wounds.

    “What we do not need is a divisive figure like Jeff Sessions coming up from Washington to try to turn our tragedy into one of his polarizing political talking points,” the group said in a statement. “Suffolk County residents have lived through what happens when divisive politicians try to turn us against each other.”

    Suffolk County police have faced monitoring by a federal court for the past four years under the terms of a settlement with the Department of Justice.

    The three-year settlement had been set to expire this past January, but the Department of Justice found continued oversight was still necessary.

    Extending the prosecutorial watch on Suffolk marked one of the final acts of President Barack Obama’s administration.

    Under a Trump administration, the future of that deal is uncertain.

    Sessions issued a memorandum on March 22 calling for U.S. attorneys across the country to review federal consent decrees on local law-enforcement agencies.

    The attorney general’s speech on Long Island began at 10 a.m.


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    • tapatio

      That retarded Alabama PIG might take note that MS-13 was spawned as a DIRECT RESULT of US imperialism in Latin America, which has killed hundreds of thousands of innocents. The Salvadoran death squads were trained at Fort Benning, Georgia by the School of the Americas, a terrorist/state terrorist training facility, the primary function of Fort Benning – which I hope will be a primary target in any nuclear war – only on moral grounds.

      So, enjoy the Salvadorans of Long Island – any crime by them is a DIRECT RESULT OF US GOVERNMENT CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.

      AS TO THE BIGOTED PIG, JEFF SESSIONS, HE IS MORE THAN WELCOME TO ESAD.

      • tapatio
        • tapatio

          AMERICA’S “REGIME CHANGE” AROUND THE WORLD.

          -THESE ASSAULTS WERE ALL AGAINST GOVERNMENTS WHO DID NOT “COOPERATE” WITH THE CORPORATIONS WHICH CONTROL THE CORPORATE STATES OF AMERIKA. MOST WERE AGAINST PROPERLY ELECTED GOVERNMENTS – NOT “EVIL” DICTATORS.
          -EACH OF THE CHANGES/ATTEMPTED CHANGES BELOW WAS ENTIRELY MOTIVATED BY BANK/CORPORATE INTERESTS.
          -EACH INVOLVED VIOLENCE, MURDERING FROM A FEW TO OVER TWO MILLION PEOPLE PER INSTANCE.
          -NOT ONE OF THESE COUNTRIES POSED ANY THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES.
          -EACH REGIME CHANGE OPERATION WAS FINANCED BY THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER AND BENEFITTED ONLY CORPORATE INTERESTS.
          -EACH REGIME CHANGE/ATTEMPTED REGIME CHANGE WAS IN VIOLATION OF EXISTING INTERNATIONAL LAWS TO WHICH THE UNITED STATES IS SIGNATORY.
          -ALMOST ALL INVOLVED PROVEN WAR CRIMES BY THE UNITED STATES, UNDER EXISTING DEFINITIONS AS SIGNED OFF BY THE UNITED STATES.

          IRAN 1946
          YUGOSLAVIA 1946
          URUGUAY 1947
          GREECE 1947-49
          GERMANY 1948
          CHINA 1948-49
          PHILIPPINES 1948-54
          PUERTO RICO 1950
          KOREA 1951-53
          IRAN 1953
          VIETNAM 1954
          GUATEMALA 1954
          EGYPT 1956
          LEBANON l958
          IRAQ 1958
          CHINA l958
          PANAMA 1958
          VIETNAM l960-75 (TWO MILLION+ DEAD)
          CUBA l961
          GERMANY l961
          LAOS 1962
          CUBA l962
          IRAQ 1963
          PANAMA l964
          INDONESIA l965
          DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1965-66
          GUATEMALA l966-67
          CAMBODIA l969-75 (TWO MILLION + DEAD)
          OMAN l970
          LAOS l971-73
          MIDEAST 1973
          CHILE 1973 (thousands dead)
          CAMBODIA l975
          ANGOLA l976-92
          IRAN l980
          LIBYA l981
          EL SALVADOR l981-92
          NICARAGUA l981-90 (tens of thousands dead)
          LEBANON l982-84
          GRENADA l983-84
          HONDURAS l983-89 (tens of thousands dead)
          IRAN l984 (hundreds of thousands dead)
          LIBYA l986
          BOLIVIA 1986
          IRAN l987-88
          LIBYA 1989
          VIRGIN ISLANDS 1989
          PHILIPPINES 1989
          PANAMA 1989
          LIBERIA 1990
          SAUDI ARABIA 1990-91
          IRAQ 1990-91
          KUWAIT 1991
          IRAQ 1991-2003
          SOMALIA 1992-94
          YUGOSLAVIA 1992-94
          BOSNIA 1993
          HAITI 1994
          ZAIRE (CONGO) 1996-97
          LIBERIA 1997
          ALBANIA 1997
          SUDAN 1998
          AFGHANISTAN 1998
          IRAQ 1998
          YUGOSLAVIA 1999
          YEMEN 2000
          MACEDONIA 2001
          AFGHANISTAN 2001
          YEMEN 2002
          PHILIPPINES 2002
          COLOMBIA 2003
          IRAQ 2003-11 (1.5+ million dead)
          LIBERIA 2003
          HAITI 2004-05
          PAKISTAN 2005
          SOMALIA 2006
          SYRIA 2008
          YEMEN 2009
          LIBYA 2011
          IRAQ 2014
          VENEZUELA 2015 – present
          SYRIA 2014-2017 (hundreds of thousands dead)

          • epazote

            http://www.soaw.org

            School of the Americas watch organization
            it’s a good resource. SOA has changed it’s name,but not it’s mission.

            • tapatio

              Yeah, “Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation”, but I like the old name – “School of the Americas” – people associate that name with terrorism, death squads, the murder of Archbishop Romero and much, much more.

              Thanks for the link to SOAW. Unfortunately, Puget Sound is far, far away from Columbus, GA.