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MS-13 on Long Island

Gang Violence and Immigration

President Trump has held out the brutal Central American gang as a national public safety priority and embodiment of the consequences of illegal immigration. What have authorities been doing to fight them?

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A Betrayal

The teenager told police all about his gang, MS-13. In return, he was slated for deportation and marked for death.

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The Disappeared

Police on Long Island wrote off missing immigrant teens as runaways. One mother knew better — and searched MS-13’s killing fields for answers.

Video: The Truth About MS-13

In our latest Vox + ProPublica collaboration, we separate MS-13 fact from fiction.

I’ve Been Reporting on MS-13 for a Year. Here Are the 5 Things Trump Gets Most Wrong.

The gang is not invading the country. They’re not posing as fake families. They’re not growing. To stop them, the government needs to understand them.

Were Henry’s Civil Rights Violated?

A Department of Homeland Security watchdog is looking into the case of a Long Island high school student who informed on the gang MS-13 and was marked for deportation.

What It Was Like Reporting on a Teenager Marked for Death by the Gang MS-13

Henry, the teenager, gave me more access than any source has ever allowed me. And given his youth and vulnerable position, I often wondered if it was too much. But he wanted his story told.

Teen Who Faced Deportation After He Informed on MS-13 Gets Temporary Reprieve

A judge postponed an asylum decision until May, asking for more evidence of Henry’s cooperation with police and the FBI.

Teenage MS-13 Gang Informant Heads Into Final Asylum Hearing

Among those who will testify on Henry’s behalf: his former principal, an expert witness working for free and his FBI Gang Task Force handler, who had originally refused.

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