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Firsthand have a look at communities in El Salvador paralyzed by gang violence

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Many undocumented immigrants say they’re fleeing to the U.S. due to relentless gang violence of their homelands. Final yr, almost 30 p.c of unaccompanied minors who entered the U.S. illegally got here from El Salvador. The Central American nation has one of many world’s highest homicide charges, and native police advised CBS Information gang violence is considered one of its greatest issues.  

As darkness fell on El Salvador, CBS Information correspondent Omar Villafranca and his crew rode together with closely armed police looking for members of the infamous MS-13 and Barrio 18 gangs. Whereas driving round, officers instantly stopped their vehicles and confronted three males regarded as MS-13. They had been fairly certain primarily based on what the lads had been sporting, particularly the Nike footwear, which will be costly within the nation.  

Police in El Salvador confronted three males regarded as MS-13.

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The police are out day and evening, sweeping neighborhoods paralyzed by gang violence. We had been with them as they arrested a person, who they stated was a member of MS-13, quick for Mara Salvatrucha.

“Are you with Mara?” Villafranca requested.

He advised us he’s not with MS-13 nor does he have pals in it.

Between 60,000 and round 100,000 Salvadorans are regarded as concerned with gangs. The proof of the gangs are all over the place. We discovered an space the place Barrio 18 put a mural up of everyone who died. It stated “In reminiscence of the homies.” The mural included their names and gravestones with all their nicknames. 

Earlier within the day, police took us to San Martin, a neighborhood they are saying is managed by gangs. These homes had been as soon as full of households, however many have now fled, a few of them for the U.S. border. 

Jose Rubio lived in Los Angeles, however was deported to El Salvador in 1994. The nation wants jobs, he stated, so individuals do not should get entangled in gangs. However one lady stated the gangs even extort companies and discover methods to power younger individuals to hitch.

“The gangs seize them,” she stated, “they usually be part of out of concern they are going to be killed.” 

Momentary protected standing for immigrants from El Salvador ends September 2019, that means they might be compelled out of the U.S. There’s an estimated 200,000 Salvadorans residing and dealing within the U.S. they usually ship a few of their paycheck again dwelling. If that stops, some concern the state of affairs in El Salvador might get even worse.

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