Mara Salvatrucha

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Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, is a Salvadorian street gang that is now an internationally-spread gang. It has a large presence in Central America and several states of the United States, including California, Texas, and New York.[1] It is the fastest-growing gang in the world, along with its rival, the 18th Street gang. Members are easily recognizable by their elaborate Gothic-style tattoos.

MS-13 originated during the Salvadorian civil war of the 1980s.

Despite their extreme brutality,[2] MS-13 gang members strongly fear La Sombra Negra, a paramilitary organization that exists to wipe out gangs like MS-13 and uses extreme torture methods on the gang members.[3]

In the U.S., MS-13 has spread to 22 states, and it has grown by recruiting illegal immigrants.[4] MS-13 has been able to enter the U.S. illegally by having its members claim they are underage.[5] Some members of the mainstream media published articles defending the gang.[6] A study conducted by the New Jersey Commission of Investigation found that mass deportations were most effective in countering MS-13 is New Jersey in the 1990s and 2000s.[7]


  1. O'Reilly, Andrew (October 24, 2017). MS-13 spreading across US as AG Sessions vows to take down gang. Fox News. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  2. Binder, John (May 17, 2018). 11 Animalistic Crimes Committed Against Americans by MS-13 Gang. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  3. O'Reilly, Andrew (August 2, 2017). MS-13 doesn't fear Trump, rival gangs or the police - but they are terrified of La Sombra Negra. Fox News. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  4. Multiple references:
  5. Dinan, Stephen (April 26, 2018). MS-13 members game U.S. immigration system by claiming they’re underage. The Washington Times. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  6. Starr, Penny (August 11, 2018). Left-Wing Media Defend MS-13 Gangs: ‘American Problem,’ Hurting Other Immigrants. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  7. Binder, John (December 21, 2018). Study: Mass Deportations Deter MS-13 Gang Expansion in U.S. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 22, 2018.

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