In the 30-odd years since it was founded by Salvadorian immigrants in Los Angeles, the MS-13 street gang has spread throughout the world like a violent cancer. With roughly 40,000 members worldwide and an estimated 9,500 in the United States, they have become known for their ruthlessness, their callousness, and for their homicidal tendencies.
They’ve become a veritable organization of violent crime --- robbery, arson, racketeering, prostitution (including child prostitution), human trafficking, money laundering, kidnapping, weapons dealing, drug trafficking. They take what they want, kill who they want. And they are spreading.
Increasingly, the police have made it a point to fight back. After a series of brutal execution-style murders --- one of which involved two teenage girls, who MS-13 gang members bludgeoned to death with baseball bats and a machete --- the FBI and ICE have gotten involved.
The New York branch of the worldwide gang has been irked by the increased attention their gang has received and released a memo --- yes, a memo --- advising gang members of a policy change: “The police have been making too many arrests and it’s time to take the streets back and take out (shoot) a cop like we do in El Salvador.”
We don’t want to insult their culture with microaggressions.
El Salvador has one of the highest crime rates in the world. There were 6,656 murders last year, more than 17 times the global average. And the members of MS-13 want America to resemble El Salvador?
Well, I guess we should listen. We don’t want to insult their culture with microaggressions.