The parents of Nisa Mickens, who lost their daughter more than 10 months ago due to gang violence, say they are happy to hear President Trump is taking the gang problems seriously.
Trump's visit to his home state of NY came as Sessions was in El Salvador to increase global cooperation against the gang.
While Trump thanked various administration officials and local lawmakers for their work on the gang issue, he did not mention his attorney general, Jeff Sessions.
The bodies of four young men who had been murdered was discovered in April in Central Islip Park. "They like to knife them and cut them because that way it's more painful", Trump said, flanked on stage by about 100 uniformed officers. Most of their victims are dismembered, gutted and in some cases decapitated. "We say loud and clear that he is not welcomed here".
"As we commit to repairing and healing our communities, we know that Trump's divisiveness and xenophobia will not make us safer, nor will it help us achieve the structural changes that long-neglected communities like Brentwood and Central Islip need", said the groups in the Unity Statement. Prosecutors said they were lured to the park and then ambushed by at least a dozen MS-13 members wielding machetes and other weapons.
"Today we are all LGBT", said David Kilmnick, chief executive officer of the LGBT Network.
Thomas Homan, the acting director of ICE who traveled here with Trump aboard Air Force One, said his agency has arrested 3,311 gang members this year, including 100 in NY, a majority of whom were affiliated with MS-13. He has oversight of the largest suburban correctional facility in New York State, and participates in the FBI Long Island Gang Task Force, the Long Island DEA Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) and the US Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force. Their generalizations of our community are simply untrue.
The gang has strongholds in the US, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
President Donald Trump has arrived on Long Island to speak about the administration's crackdown on illegal immigration and violent crime as protesters awaited his arrival in a series of chants and speeches. The numbers of non-criminals had fallen to such low levels, Homan said, that even a modest increase boosts the percentages. "We got to tell people it's not okay to violate laws in this country".