President Trump today criticized former President Obama for being “weak” on illegal immigration and blamed him, without evidence, for allowing the violent MS-13 gang to form in the U.S., reports Politico. “The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S. We are removing them fast!” the president said on Twitter. The MS-13 gang, which is based in Central America, was formed by Salvadorans fleeing that nation’s civil war in the 1980s.
The FBI recognized that the gang was a growing threat in the early 2000s — before Obama was elected — and in 2004 created a task force “to investigate this violent international street gang.” In 2008, the FBI said MS-13 had expanded to at least 42 states and D.C. In an interview aired today by “Fox and Friends,” Trump said his administration has already kicked out dangerous illegal immigrants.