Numerous immigrant teens have gone missing on Long Island since 2016, all linked to the violent gang MS-13. FRONTLINE investigates a slew of killings that led to many immigrant teens being accused of gang affiliation and unlawfully detained. (Aired 2018)
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Drawing on interviews with murder victims’ families, accused gang members, top Justice Department officials, local law enforcement and ICE leadership, and civil rights and immigration lawyers, the 2018 documentary “The Gang Crackdown” explores the reasons behind a spike in violence on Long Island — home to one of the U.S.’ largest communities of unaccompanied minors — and examines whether law enforcement and other government agencies overreached in trying to combat the problem.
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Prologue – 00:00
The Gang MS-13 in New York – 00:49
Teenagers Disappear in Long Island – 11:45
MS-13 & Trump’s Immigration Agenda – 23:09
Immigrant Teens Swept Up in Crackdown – 28:37
A Teenager Held in Solitary – 39:11
A Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Unaccompanied Minors – 46:14
Credits – 51:55