How the Gang MS-13 is Being Used to Justify Immigration Policy

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New Yorker staff writer Jonathan Blitzer discusses his recent piece in the January 1 issue, “The Teens Trapped Between a Gang and The Law.” He reports on the violent Salvadoran gang MS-13, whose substantial presence on Long Island stokes anti-immigration rhetoric, preoccupies Donald Trump, and makes everyday life treacherous for local immigrant communities. There are roughly four hundred MS-13 members in Suffolk County, which stretches from twenty miles outside of New York City to the tip of Long Island.

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