Illegal Immigrants

Trump puts new spotlight on Long Island gang killings

  • FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2016 file photo, a poster displayed at a Suffolk County police precinct in Bay Shore, N.Y., offers a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the slayings of 15-year-old Nisa Mickens and her lifelong friend 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas. Just months ago, advocates for immigrants were lamenting publicly that a string of disappearances of Hispanic high school students in Brentwood, New York, hadn't gotten enough attention from authorities while they were happening. Now, they are worried that the president-elect's attention will mean a crackdown that goes far beyond gangs. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2016 file photo, a poster displayed at a Suffolk County police precinct in Bay Shore, N.Y., offers a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the slayings of 15-year-old Nisa Mickens and her lifelong friend 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas. Just months ago, advocates for immigrants were lamenting publicly that a string of disappearances of Hispanic high school students in Brentwood, New York, hadn't gotten enough attention from authorities while they were happening. Now, they are worried that the president-elect's attention will mean a crackdown that goes far beyond gangs. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2016 file photo, a memorial to Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cueva is seen near the spot where their bodies were found in Brentwood, N.Y. ust months ago, advocates for immigrants were lamenting publicly that a string of disappearances of Hispanic high school students in Brentwood, New York, hadn't gotten enough attention from authorities while they were happening. Now, they are worried that the president-elect's attention will mean a crackdown that goes far beyond gangs. (AP Photo/Claudia Torrens, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2016 file photo, a memorial to Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cueva is seen near the spot where their bodies were found in Brentwood, N.Y. ust months ago, advocates for immigrants were lamenting publicly that a string of disappearances of Hispanic high school students in Brentwood, New York, hadn't gotten enough attention from authorities while they were happening. Now, they are worried that the president-elect's attention will mean a crackdown that goes far beyond gangs. (AP Photo/Claudia Torrens, File)  (The Associated Press)

Gang killings in a New York City suburb are getting the attention of Donald Trump.

In an interview with Time magazine for his "person of the year" profile, Trump explained his tough view on illegal immigration by citing news coverage of the killings of five Hispanic teenagers in Brentwood.

Police have said that the slayings are likely the work of the MS-13 street gang. It has roots in El Salvador and has been linked to at least 30 killings on Long Island since 2010.

Trump said some of the killers were in the U.S. illegally.

Investigators say that's true, but some local advocates for new immigrants say they are worried that a Trump-led crackdown will go far beyond the criminals he means to target.