Emigrating Gang Violence?

During the State of the Union Address, President Trump uses the American born gang, MS-13, as a scapegoat to push his immigration reform plan and the wall.

The gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, originated in Los Angeles in the early 1980’s, yet Trump links MS-13 to the immigration problem and profiles them as an “alien threat” when really they are an American made gang. Trump traces the gang’s roots back to El Salvador and claims that they gain “recruits through our broken immigration system.”

Trump is using the violence of MS-13 members as justification to pass his stricter immigration bans and to persuade other politicians to build the wall along the US-Mexico border. He says the gang took too many innocent lives and stated the gang “took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors.”

Former MS-13 member Alex Sanchez says the real problem about gangs is there is no “straight, smart strategy to address the problem that's not really affecting white society.” He thinks every solution only addresses people of color.

Trump’s threats to combat immigration also bring up the problem of kicking out minors who are escaping gang activity in their native countries. Many immigrants come to the US to escape the gang influence in their home countries. Trump’s plan to rid the country of these illegal immigrants puts back these kids in hostile environments and puts them at higher risk of violence.

Trump continues to place the gang MS-13 as public enemy number 1 and hopes that by creating stricter immigration plans, gang activity will decrease.

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