The national debate about immigrants is based on a narrative created to demonize immigrants and equate them as a danger to America. The narrative is pushed forth by a small minority of the American voters with a loud megaphone via Donald Trump. MS-13 is just another example of this.

MS-13 was created in America. That is the inconvenient truth no one is talking about.

Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13 is a violent gang who are mainly composed of Central American criminals trafficking narcotics. They are known for their extreme violence and tattoos. The “Maras” battled the Zetas on behalf of the Sinaloa cartel, better known as Chapo’s cartel for control of the drug trafficking corridors in México.

Like their violent brethren, the Barrio Aztecas (El Paso, Texas), the MS-13 gang was created, and their violence incubated in Los Angeles. That is right, the MS-13 gang organized and practiced its tradecraft on the United States.

Today, they have a heavy presence in California, Washington D.C., New Jersey, North Carolina and Houston. They operate in México and in Central America, as well as Toronto. They operate in drug corridors used to bring illegal drugs to consumers in the United States.

Although made up of Central Americans, the fact is that the violence and their ability to operate as they do was cultivated in the United States. Therein lies the hypocrisy of trying to equate the plight of the immigrants with MS-13 and other drug gangs. Without the consumption of drugs in America and the incubation of violent gangs in American states, victims of MS-13, and related, gangs all over the world would not exist.

That is the inconvenient truth glossed over by those using MS-13 as the excuse to demonize immigrants. What makes the violence of MS-13 even more poignant is that the overwhelming victims of MS-13 are not U.S. citizens, but Mexican, Central American citizens and immigrants looking for a better life.

All those trying to equate MS-13 with immigration must remember the inconvenient truth that MS-13 is American made. The U.S. exports violence. It consumes the drugs, exports the guns and incubates the gangs that kill and maim Mexicans and other Latinos who suffer at the hands of MS-13. This is the inconvenient truth that Americans do not want to come to terms with.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

3 replies on “MS-13 Is American Made”

  1. Put them on a C-130 and repatriate them to El Salvador from 10,000 feet. They are animals.

  2. Martin
    Trump statement was about MS-13 media and those like you have taken it out of context to promote your own ideology and agenda. Once again a false narrative or let’s call it what it is an out right lie!
    So Martin explain to us why MS 13 are no animal no matter where they come from or even how the gang was started. Also you are in your own way defending such animals!

  3. When speaking about the immigrants especially those from south of the US border el trompas addresses them in context of a very small minority. He wants to maintain the ‘ideology’ that latinos are criminals but in the ‘fine print’ (a whisper meant to not be heard) some may be ok. Stereotyping, judging an entire group of people by a few individuals.

    Demonizing, dehumanizing the latino immigrant to be treated as subhuman so that when Amerikan immorality and injustice are perpetrated on the immigrant it will be tolerable by the ‘good’ folks of Amerika.

    This was done to Native Americans, savages they were called, and they took away their children. This was done to the slaves, subhuman, and they took away their children.

    Now in real time el trompas and his Grand Dragon of Amerikan Injustice plan to take away the children from immigrant mothers and ‘warehouse’ them in military bases.

    Preparing the Amerikan mind.

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