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Congressman Pete King Attends Massapequa American Legion Flag Retirement Ceremony

Recently I had the privilege of attending the annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Massapequa American Legion Hall. In this ceremony, old and tattered flags are disposed of with respect and dignity. The American flag is the symbol of our nation's unity and greatness. It is also the banner of the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who have always answered their nation's call and defended us in battle. True Americans honor and salute this flag. It was particularly meaningful and reassuring to be present at this beautiful ceremony at a time when the likes of Colin Kaepernick refuse to stand for the National Anthem which honors our flag and all that it represents. Let me thank the American Legion, particularly Massapequa Post 1066 and Commander Jack Ryan, for doing so much to preserve American patriotism. God Bless America.

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MS-13 must be defeated. Yesterday afternoon I met with the parents of Kyla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens of Brentwood who were brutally murdered by MS-13 gang members. Also attending the meeting was community advocate Barbara Medina. It is one thing to read about or watch the news accounts of these murders on television; it is quite another to personally see the pain and anguish of these suffering parents in a face-to-face meeting. I truly admire their courage and determination. They do not want others to suffer what they have suffered. They raised a number of issues and made several proposals which I am going to bring to the attention of the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security. One issue they stressed was the disproportionate number of unaccompanied illegal minors who have been placed in the Brentwood community and its schools. (Seven of the MS-13 gang members charged in their daughters' murder case had come into the country illegally as unaccompanied minors.)

I am also in regular contact with Suffolk Police Commissioner Sini and County Executive Bellone and I commend the Suffolk Police and FBI for their dedicated efforts to track down these murderers. Justice will be done.

Paid for by Pete King for Congress.
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