WASHINGTON, August 3, 2017 — The best weapon U.S. authorities can deploy against the gang MS-13, which recruits young Central American immigrants to sell drugs, engage in extortion and brutal murder, is to accelerate the deportation process and send them back to their neighborhoods in El Salvador.
Their ruthlessness stems from the guerrilla training received by their progenitors back in the home country. In the late 1970s, the militant Marxist Farabundo Marti Front for National Liberation (FMNL) was waging war on El Salvador’s U.S.-backed government.
Some FMNL soldiers deserted, eventually ending up in the urban jungle of Los Angeles’s Pico Union neighborhood. That’s where they fell victim to local Mexican gangs.
In answer to this intimidation, members of L.A.’s Salvadorian community utilized their insurgency training and formed the far more ruthless MS-13.
When the rising threat of MS-13 was recognized by the administration of President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, it became U.S. policy to deport gang members convicted of crimes.
According to Insite Crime, an organization “dedicated to the study of the principle threat to national and citizen security in Latin America and the Caribbean,” from 2000 to 2004 “20,000 criminals [were] returned to Central America” by the U.S., with roughly 100 such ex-convicts sent “per week just to El Salvador.”
These repatriations eventually led to the destabilization of the country, which forced its desperate president to enter into a truce with the gangs in 2012 in an attempt to reduce his nation’s murder toll.
By 2015, however, El Salvador’s homicide rate skyrocketed to the world’s highest.
In response, “El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have deployed thousands of military troops to help their often underpaid and poorly equipped police forces carry out public security functions, without clearly defining when those deployments might end,” the Congressional Research Service reported in 2016.
But with the rule of law in El Salvador tenuous at best, another force familiar to the region has arisen to do what traditional law enforcement and the military cannot: The Central American death squad.
If El Salvador’s legal and military authorities do not inspire fear in the hearts of MS-13, the death squad known as La Sombra Negra (“The Black Shadow”) most certainly does.
So frightened are they of La Sombra Negra’s relentless pursuit, some MS-13 members, known for their prominent facial and body tattoos, have resorted to burning off their skin with hot irons or battery acid in order to escape recognition.
An MS-13 member, identified only as Necio, told the folks at Insight Crime his gang gained purchase in the U.S. because “the federal government is letting us in… I don’t think they will do anything, but if somebody does… f—k, it’s gonna be bad.”
Asked if Trump’s “presence will affect the MS-13,” a gang member who calls himself Mafioso, answered, “Yes, that f—ker has already caused some shit for the gang. The federal authorities do not mess around here.”
Liberal media commentators are unanimous in falsely condemning Trump for conflating all illegal aliens with MS-13 thugs. But since both entered the country in clear violation of U.S. laws, they certainly share that particular criminal trait.
And though Trump’s deportation campaign will hasten the repatriation of both classes of criminal – minor and nefarious – to places like El Salvador, La Sombra Negra’s death squads promise to be far more capable of differentiating between the two camps than our mainstream media. And they’ll do so with extreme prejudice.