An estimated 2,000 members of MS-13 live in Fairfax County, and many of them came to America illegally. The El Salvadoran gang targets legal and illegal immigrant communities, especially young teenagers, for recruitment. In an effort to stop violent gang activity, Fairfax police run reports on every person they arrest. If the person is an illegal immigrant, ICE issues a detainer – a legal document asking Fairfax County Police to hold the suspect for an additional 48 hours, so that ICE can begin deportation proceedings. This local-federal agreement has helped us put a stop to gang violence in Fairfax County since 2012.
Sheriff Kincaid has decided to terminate the agreement, effective May 23rd. Unless we act now, the program will end on May 23rd. Billed as pro-immigrant, termination of the agreement is actually anti-immigrant in that it significantly hurts law enforcement's ability to rid our streets of MS-13 and other gang members. These gang members prey primarily on our legal and illegal immigrant communities and vulnerable youth in our schools.