countygeneral | 8 points
Season 36, Episode 5 - Air date: February 13, 2018
In The Gang Crackdown, FRONTLINE investigates how a slew of gruesome killings on Long Island allegedly by the MS-13 gang led to a sweeping dragnet of immigrant kids - many of whom have been accused of having gang affiliation with little evidence, and held in detention without charge for months.
Drawing on interviews with murder victims' families, top Justice Department officials, local law enforcement leadership, accused gang members, prosecutors, and defense lawyers, the documentary explores the impact of both the killings and the anti-gang crackdown on Long Island - home to one of the U.S.'s largest communities of unaccompanied migrant children fleeing violence from Central America.
As President Trump declares war on MS-13 and points to the killings on Long Island to justify efforts to ramp up deportations, the film investigates the fraught relationship between immigrant communities and law enforcement, and whether the crackdown is making Long Island safer.