Unlike their counterparts in Central America, some MS-13 cliques in the U.S. now allow female members. the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has begun instructing its agents to scrutinize girls and young women as closely as males for MS-13 involvement.
Chicago police officers have compiled a database of street gang members that totals a staggering 128,000 names. Critics question the value and fairness of massive lists of gang members, saying they are often inaccurate, outdated and racially skewed.
Federal prosecutors are piecing together a rare death penalty case against the Seven Mile Bloods, a notorious Detroit gang blamed for fueling the opioid epidemic and for assassinating rivals targeted on Instagram hit lists. A year-long investigation by Detroit News reporter Robert Snell examines the gang and the DOJ’s attempts to topple it.
California reached an agreement with the federal government that the state’s National Guard troops will deploy to the border to focus on fighting transnational gangs as well as drug and gun smugglers, Gov. Jerry Brown said. The announcement came after a week of uncertainty in which President Trump bashed the governor’s insistence that troops avoid immigration-related work.
A Columbia University study argues that examining aggressive tweets among gang members, particularly after a loss, could cut short the cycle of gang-revenge killings if grief counselors and other mental health services intervene in time.
Brentwood High School in central Long Island is caught in the middle in the fight against the violent street gang MS-13. The mother of a student who was killed has sued the school for not protecting her; the American Civil Liberties Union says the school is wrongly labeling students as gang members.
Federal and state authorities have declined repeated requests for basic information made public in most law enforcement operations, such as the names of those arrested and the crimes they are accused of committing. Officials won’t divulge their ages, immigration statuses or whereabouts.
In interviews with Insight Crime, gang members say President Trump’s attack on them has bolstered the gang’s image. MS-13 “will take advantage of this political capital when it is handed to it,” according to a comprehensive study of the group.
President Trump said, “We have sent thousands and thousands of MS-13 horrible people out of this country or into our prisons” in his State of the Union speech. The real number is probably in the hundreds, finds a fact check.
As jails around the U.S. fill with MS-13 gang members, facilities are feeling the strain. Fights are up. So is extortion. Jailers are struggling to keep MS-13 members away from one another and their rivals.