Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

MS-13 Gang Members Target Cops….Buchanan Says “Deport Them!”

Mar 11, 2019
Press Release
Buchanan Bill Prevents Gang Members From Living in U.S.

WASHINGTON –  As reports surface of MS-13 gangs targeting police officers, Congressman Vern Buchanan today called for immediate passage of his Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act.

The bill would allow the immediate deportation of any member of a gang engaged in crimes of violence or felony drug offenses, even if they have been legally admitted to the country. Under current law they could not be deported solely because of their affiliation with a criminal gang.

“We can’t allow vicious gangs like MS-13 to enter or live in the United States,” Buchanan said. “My bill would help ensure these criminals don’t slip through the cracks and threaten the lives of law enforcement and ordinary citizens.”

MS-13’s motto is “mata, viola, controla” – which means "kill, rape, control.”

Buchanan’s bill also disqualifies these dangerous individuals from immigration benefits including receiving asylum protections or temporary protected status.

“When these violent gang members brazenly plot to assassinate law enforcement officers, I have one response – deport them immediately!” Buchanan said.

Buchanan’s call comes amid recent reports that the MS-13 gang is seeking to target New York police officers to improve their street credibility. The infamous gang is known to commit heinous, bloody crimes throughout the U.S., including machete attacks, executions, and human trafficking.

Buchanan has long been a strong supporter of enforcing federal immigration laws. He recently announced his support of the El CHAPO Act which would set aside money forfeited to the U.S. government from El Chapo and other convicted drug lords to be used for increased security along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Strengthening our laws and securing our southern border is necessary – there should be nothing controversial about that,” Buchanan continued. “America is a nation of immigrants but also a nation of laws.” 

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), February saw the highest number of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border in 12 years. CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan credited the uptick on human traffickers who use loopholes in U.S. immigration enforcement.

Buchanan previously supported the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law. The two bills sought to cut federal funds for sanctuary cities and toughen penalties against anyone who re-enters the country after being deported.