President Donald Trump claims he witnessed the U.S. agency that enforces immigration, liberating towns from the MS-13 street gang. Is that a fact? From the Austin American Statesman Politifact team, Gardner Selby has the facts.
Trump challenged Democratic calls to abolish ICE in a tweet:
The Democrats are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen. I have watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13 & clean out the toughest of situations. They are great!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2018
According to the government, MS-13 has 10,000 members in a least 40 states. But did the government actually liberate U.S. towns from the gang’s control? Does the gang even control U.S. towns?
Hear how the president’s claim holds up in the audio player above.