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How is Gang Violence Affecting Your City? See Interactive Map

DEA Gov gang violenceGang violence accounts for 48% of all violent crime in America. According to FBI reports, an estimated 1.4 million people make up over 33,000 gangs across the United States today. The National Gang Center estimates 46% of these gang members to be Hispanic or Latino– from this figure, it can be approximated that about 15% of these members have entered the United States illegally.

One of the most notoriously brutal gangs in the country is the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. Originating in 1980’s Los Angeles, the gang was started by Salvadoran immigrants who wanted protection from more established street gangs. MS-13 continued to grow as they recruited illegal immigrants fleeing the civil wars in Central America. The gang quickly began to be recognized for their ruthlessness.

A string of murders on Long Island, New York, has sent the community into panic, opening people’s eyes to the vicious nature of the gang. Recent victims of MS-13 violence have been brutally beaten, stabbed, and hacked to death with machetes; the fear of violence has grown so prevalent that area parents have begun removing their children from public schools.

From 2005 to 2015, the United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ran a program known as Operation Community Shield. The program targeted criminal aliens involved in street gangs, reporting that 92% of MS-13 affiliated immigrants were illegal aliens. Of that group, 10% had entered the United States illegally at least twice.

Live Interactive Map of Gang Activity in North America

Another violent group making its way across the nation, the 18th Street gang has developed a reputation for being involved in a variety of criminal activities. From burglary, to selling drugs, to racketeering, to murder—the group partakes in any illicit activities that bring in cash. The gang once even kidnapped the brother of Honduran athlete Wilson Palacios for ransom, only to kill the young boy after receiving the money, his body being found nearly two years later.

California Senator Dianne Feinstein admitted in a 2003 report that up to 80% of the 18th Street gang is comprised of illegal immigrants. Would the gang be as powerful if it didn’t have a steady flow of recruits from below the border?

The FBI has noted the severity of this situation, recently stating, “MS-13 and 18th Street gangs have become so bloodthirsty in El Salvador that the government has declared them terrorist organizations”. This has left many Americans asking, why are we leaving our southern border open to this?

The problem does not end with street gangs. Mexican cartels move drugs between the two countries, having operational cells in most major American cities, as indicated on the DEA map below. Make no mistake, these are sophisticated criminal enterprises. Aside from running drugs, these groups are also involved in weapons trafficking, human trafficking, and extortion. Would these groups have so much power and control over their operations if there were a barrier in place to help curb this criminal activity?

If these groups continue to have a supply of illicit contraband and foot soldiers entering from the south, the problem will likely only grow worse. By cutting off the pipeline for recruiting and financing criminal gangs, we diminish their power.

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Jan s
3 years ago

Maybe we have to start having law enforcement play by the gangs rules, no mercy, when the gangbangers are caught in the act, brag about what they did, take them out and shoot them, will save money and may send a message. Kind of like back during Prohibition with the FBI vs mobsters. ( I like the old TV show Untouchables, LOL)

Angela
3 years ago
Reply to  Jan s

Jan S, you’re right….show no mercy. It’s too bad we have reached that position but we must protect ourselves and we must be FAST! No one should get away with murder. Old West ways were good.

Larry
3 years ago
Reply to  Jan s

Don’t you read the papers or listen to the news, you run from a cop today your chances of getting shot in the body is very good, they no longer shoot for the legs. A good many don’t get a day in court. But then, if they was not guilty, they would not have run. So if the bullet didn’t kill you, you get another chance on the operating table and a person with a knife.

Keith
1 year ago
Reply to  Larry

you dont have to run or be a gangbanger to get shot from a cop anymore you just have to be brown wearing casual clothes

Larry
3 years ago

When Congress can figure out how to get 3/4 of the money for the wall in gifts, dinners, trips, then and only then will they fund the wall. My wish is no more lobbyists, who is not elected by the people, but has big money, and gifts, dinners and trips if Congress votes their way, which most of the time not the will of the people.

Angela
3 years ago
Reply to  Larry

Help me here, didn’t obama (lower case deliberate) say “no more lobbyists”?

Larry
3 years ago
Reply to  Angela

What he says and what he did well……….

Thomas H
3 years ago

But… but rich liberals (none who live anywhere close to illegals) say that diversity is our strength!

Hen3ry
3 years ago
Reply to  Thomas H

Those Rich Libs are discounting the true strengths of the USA.
Our freedoms and economic opportunities
which gives them the means and positions from where they can pontificate and spout their illogical tyrannical insanity

Angela
3 years ago
Reply to  Hen3ry

We have allowed stupidity and liberals to govern us. These gangs are snakes and must be treated as snakes…and the liberals will say, “Oh,that’s not nice.” Hey, did you ever hear of a snake falling down and breaking its legs?

Tom Wilde
3 years ago

As long as US Congressional members benefit somehow from the open flow of “immigrants” and gang members NOTHING will get done about this. They get money and votes. That’s all they care about.

The problem is blindingly obvious and deadly serious. So ask yourself why that wall isn’t already built and guarded. The answer is wallowing in the Washington, DC SWAMP and the local swamps throughout the nation. The scum that infests those sewers doesn’t care a whit about you and me.

In my own home state the Liberal/Communist Governor has VETOED the budget for the State Legislature this year. Meaning they run out of money to function just because the Gov can’t get his way with his personal agenda. THAT is the mindset of the garbage we have running this country today. “It’s all about ME.” Imagine this: The Legislature has to SUE the Governor to get funds to operate!!

See anything wrong in America today??? :-(

Karen
3 years ago

What do we have to do to get the ‘wall’ built–take a collection?

Martha C.
3 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Agreed @Karen! I live in Texas and see every day the effects gang culture has on our country. I’m willing to go buy some bricks and start building it myself!

Unfortunately, I’ve written to our Senator John Cornyn, and his response was lukewarm to the idea of a wall. He has little to no interest in securing our Souhern border. Texas’ other Senator, Cruz, has made it plain that he wants better security, but I don’t see much action.

Just exactly who is our government working for? Apparently not for US citizens who demand safety from this very real threat!

john boy
3 years ago
Reply to  Karen

MAKE IT SOLAR AND SEND cALILY THE BILL

Hen3ry
3 years ago
Reply to  john boy

Nice thought
But they’re probably broke
After paying for all the other stuff they’ve shoved onto their state.

Hen3ry
3 years ago

Gang violence
Partly the result of
Open borders and multiculturalism
Not exactly the
Melting Pot/E Pluribus Unem we used to go by.

Rudder
3 years ago

If Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) is aware that 80% of the 18th Street gang is comprised of illegals, why does she support gun-control (read: elimination) for law-abiding citizens? Surely she can think ahead enough to realize that illegals will have their own sources to obtain guns–even if they are banned (i.e. smuggling, stealing them from legitimate sources). Why disarm the general population? We know that, on average, it takes 8 minutes for police to respond to a call for help. In that time, the gang members can accomplish their purpose and make their getaway.

Hen3ry
3 years ago
Reply to  Rudder

The typical liberal mindset. Especially California thinking.
Open the borders to whomever or whatever can get in.
Encourage multiculturalism and supress USA culture.
And deny our citizens their 2nd Amendment rights to be able to defend themselves against
What the libs are causing to happen.

Thomas H
3 years ago
Reply to  Hen3ry

To liberals, the ends (destruction of America) justify the means. We are just collateral damage to them.

PaulE
3 years ago
Reply to  Rudder

As a Senator, she has armed security provided to her at taxpayer expense almost everywhere she goes. Thus she doesn’t have the same concerns about safety and security as the average American. Also as a long standing member of the so-called ruling elite, she is used to pushing positions that she herself is exempt from. Again, no personal fallout from whatever she is advocating. Sorry if any of this comes as a surprise to you, but the Democrat Party is essentially hypocrisy personified.

Katherine Teissere
3 years ago

We left Santa Rosa California knowing at that time there were “only” 24 gangs vying for position in the city (source works for sheriff’s department).

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