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El Salvador struggles with options on returning gang members

Leaders in El Salvador have held a top-level security cabinet meeting to discuss what to do if massive numbers of street gang members are deported back from the United States.

Deportations to El Salvador are down so far this year, but U.S. authorities have vowed to crack down on immigrants who belong to gangs.

There has been some anecdotal evidence that returning gang members are forming new groups in El Salvador.

Defense Minister Gen. David Munguia said Friday the meeting discussed various possibilities, including tracking gang members deported back to El Salvador and even locking them up.

Deportations are down 22.9 percent the first four months of 2017 compared to same period in 2016.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April talked about cracking down on the MS-13 street gang.