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, and their motto is "mata, viola, controla", which translates to rape, kill, and control.[2]

Despite their extreme brutality,[3] 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.[4]

In the U.S., MS-13 has spread to 22 states, and it has grown by recruiting illegal immigrants.[5] MS-13 has been able to enter the U.S. illegally by having its members claim they are underage.[6] Some members of the mainstream media published articles defending the gang.[7] 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.[8]


  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. MS-13: What you need to know about the Mara Salvatrucha street gang
  3. Binder, John (May 17, 2018). 11 Animalistic Crimes Committed Against Americans by MS-13 Gang. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  4. 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.
  5. Multiple references:
  6. 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.
  7. Starr, Penny (August 11, 2018). Left-Wing Media Defend MS-13 Gangs: ‘American Problem,’ Hurting Other Immigrants. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  8. 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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