Tom Homan, director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, answers questions in front of gang related photos from the MS-13 gang during a daily briefing at the White House July 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. | Win McNamee/Getty Images
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What Criminology Reveals of Trump's War on the MS-13 Gang

The brutal tactics of gangs like MS-13 might sound like something out of ISIS’s playbook, but a comprehensive comparative study shows that the groups couldn’t be more different.

Published On 08/01/2017
3:22 PM EDT
T T he Trump administration is calling on law enforcement and immigration officials to eradicate the violent gang Mara Salvatrucha, widely known as MS-13, which is believed to be responsible for 17 murders on Long Island in the past 18 months alone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated in April that the gang — a primarily Salvadoran group that began in Los Angeles and soon spread to different parts of the US and Central America — could qualify as a terrorist organization.