For all the attention paid to people coming from Central America, the United States sends a lot back to the region as well. Remittances, corn, and even... criminal gangs?
In this episode, Dr. Michael Paarlberg recounts the origins and operations of the gangs Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (18th Street Gang) from the streets of Los Angeles, California to the prisons of Central America. As an unintended consequence of the growing deportation system, the United States has slowly fueled the region's deadly gang problem for the last thirty years.
Guests: Dr. Michael Paarlberg, Assistant Professor of Political Science at VCU
Host: Joseph Flores
Producer: Joseph Flores
Sponsored by the Strauss Center for International Security and Law.
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