Why the street gang MS-13 is an American problem

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  • Published on:  Thursday, August 2, 2018
  • We need to separate fact from fiction about MS-13.

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    It’s one of Trump’s favorite talking points: how the gang MS-13 is taking advantage of loose immigration laws and spreading violence and drugs. But is the gang really invading the country, and is it a growing problem? In our latest Vox + ProPublica collaboration, we break down all the talk about MS-13 and separate fact from fiction.

    For more reporting on MS-13, check out ProPublica reporter Hannah Dreier’s piece here: https://www.propublica.org/article/ms-13-immigration-facts-what-trump-administration-gets-wrong

    and Vox’s Dara Lind’s here: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/26/16955936/ms-13-trump-immigrants-crime

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  • Vox
    Vox  2 months ago +21

    For more reporting on MS-13, read ProPublica reporter Hannah Dreier’s piece: I’ve Been Reporting on MS-13 for a Year. Here Are the 5 Things Trump Gets Most Wrong. https://www.propublica.org/article/ms-13-immigration-facts-what-trump-administration-gets-wrong

  • Edward Ponzio
    Edward Ponzio  18 hours ago +2

    This is very contradictory.

    Vox: “In the 1980’s a US backed war against the Salvadoran rebels raged in El Salvador. Nearly a million Salvadorans escaped the violence and fled to the US as undocumented immigrants”

    Also Vox: “This is 100% an American born gang”

  • Dylan
    Dylan  yesterday

    I’ve lived in what’s considered ms-13 territory for about 10 years and I literally have never heard about any issues

  • Adil Rezz
    Adil Rezz  2 days ago

    Vox makes them seem like they are the nicest people.

  • frawldog
    frawldog  2 days ago

    Get them out

  • Andrew Pernisco
    Andrew Pernisco  3 days ago


  • 3 Orange
    3 Orange  4 days ago

    "Watch out he's wearing a snapback hat!"

    JOHN DOE  5 days ago

    They are allowed to be a problem that’s why. If the government wanted to slay them they would.

  • Carlos Estevan
    Carlos Estevan  5 days ago

    There's 60,000 ms13 members total

  • Carlos Estevan
    Carlos Estevan  5 days ago

    1:51 their not white peoples white people listen to rock music haha

  • Ronny Sharma
    Ronny Sharma  5 days ago +5

    I like a lot of your video's Vox, but to try and defend MS-13 gang members to bash Trump? Please try to keep it objective.

  • Blue Thumb
    Blue Thumb  5 days ago

    Vox is so delusional...

  • Grasoso_EFRA •
    Grasoso_EFRA •  6 days ago +1

    Mara salvatrucha en grande \,,/

  • ThunderLips
    ThunderLips  6 days ago

    Vox is right. It is an American problem. Get rid of all undocumented immigrants and the problem disappears.

    XAVIERAROD666  7 days ago +2

    News: MS13 members killed and chopped up kids were arrested.

    Vox: They are just misunderstood.

  • pauz
    pauz  7 days ago

    hey right wingers are you listing??????? get the blind hate out of your ears and think.
    This isn't rocket science so quit acting like a Russian bot,
    Without talk there will never be peace. so lets meet,to talk and hear and listen. Brother to brother, sister to sister.
    “America will never be destroyed from the outside..." Abraham Lincoln

  • infamous Lowk
    infamous Lowk  7 days ago +3

    MS13 is a sureno gang not a cartel😂

  • infamous Lowk
    infamous Lowk  7 days ago +1

    Merda secka

  • High Hat
    High Hat  7 days ago +1

    How come all the people commenting against this video all seem to be white males who know nothing about this street life 🤔

  • Aleja Mendieta
    Aleja Mendieta  7 days ago

    Ms - 13 is a really vicious gang that is really organized, is not a bunch of teenagers. It is true that the gang was born in US but the big problem began when a lot of those gang members were deported to central america without any documentation of their convictions or felonies so they were free to recruit people into their organization.