In his war on immigration, Donald Trump hasn’t shied away from spectacular claims. As part of his long-running campaign against so-called ‘sanctuary cities’, the commander-in-chief has cited street gang MS-13 as an example of how undocumented aliens can wreak havoc in urban America.
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Analysts at several media outlets – including CNN and The Economist – have suggested the strategy could have the unintended consequence of solidifying the group’s already-gruesome reputation.
Unlike the Mexican cartels which contract out their distribution and hitlists to the Maras, MS-13 is a street gang which gains its power from notoriety and publicity.
Oftentimes, the gang’s tactics opt toward brutal – it has been responsible for daylight massacres on the West and
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