"The pervasiveness of gangs throughout society is undeniable. They incite fear and violence within our communities. Gangs threaten our schools, our children, and our homes. Gangs today are more sophisticated and flagrant in their use of violence and intimidation tactics. As they migrate across the country, they bring with them drugs, weapons, and criminal activity. Acceptance of the problem and joint community and law enforcement responses are our best defense. The 2005 National Gang Threat Assessment brought to light several new trends in gang activity and gang migration. Hispanic gang membership is growing, especially in the Northeast and South. Gangs are more sophisticated in their use of technology and computers and are using these tools to perpetrate criminal acts. Respondents reiterated that gangs remain a constant threat, are still growing in membership and violence, and that denial by communities is a gangs greatest ally."