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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) today wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan requesting information on how their agencies are combating violent transnational gangs like MS-13 in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
According to the Department of Justice, MS-13, a transnational gang that is notoriously violent, has 10,000 members inside the United States and now engages in gang activities in at least 40 states and the District of Columbia. Recently, Virginia and the Washington, D.C. metro area have been particularly hard-hit by MS-13 violence. Both Chairman Goodlatte and Congresswoman Comstock’s districts have been affected by gang violence and gang murders.
In their letter to Director Wray and Acting Director Homan, Chairman Goodlatte and Representative Comstock note the recent House passage of their bill that provides law enforcement more tools to combat transnational gangs, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, and ask if there are further legislative remedies needed. Additionally, they call on the FBI and ICE to provide updates on how their agencies are working with state and local agencies to combat gang violence and what the agencies are doing independently to address this public safety problem.
Full text of the letter is available here.