Criminal Gangs in Latin America: The Next Great Threat to Regional Security and Stability?

Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 14, No. 7, 2008

Posted: 7 Apr 2011

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Luz Estella Nagle

Stetson University - College of Law

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

United States immigration and deportation policy is broken with regard to the removal of violent youth gang members from the United States to their nations of origin. The result is that Central America is quickly becoming a lawless region of our hemisphere as gangs known as Mara Salvatrucha (collectively mareros) struggle among themselves and against weak and failing governments to gain control of vast territory and resources in which to carry out criminal conspiracies and terrorist activities that threaten the national and regional security throughout the Americas.

This article examines the origins of marero gangs, the policies in the United States and Central American states to cope with the growth of the mareros, and the implications of what may realistically occur if the gangs are allowed to continue growing and spreading lawlessness throughout regions of the Americas critical to United States interests in the hemisphere.

Keywords: United States, latin America, Central America, violence, gangs, mareros, criminal conspiracies, terrorist activities, immigration, deportation

JEL Classification: K14, K33, K42

Suggested Citation

Nagle, Luz Estella, Criminal Gangs in Latin America: The Next Great Threat to Regional Security and Stability? (2008). Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 14, No. 7, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1804427

Luz Estella Nagle (Contact Author)

Stetson University - College of Law ( email )

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