The ranks of street gangs are bolstered by illegal immigrants and their offspring. Some Hispanic street gangs in the United States are affiliated with organized crime groups in Mexico or Central America.
New regulations introduced by Mayor Lori Lightfoot at this week's meeting of the Chicago City Council omit mention of exceptions to Chicago's sanctuary city statute, despite campaigning for office on a pledge to eliminate those exceptions.
A new Intelligence Report from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration explains how and why Chicago has become a key drug trafficking hub for Mexican drug trafficking organizations. The primary factors are Chicago's vast commercial infrastructure and favorable demographics.
Total apprehensions of known gang members by the U.S. Border Patrol have been following the pattern of illegal immigration at the southwest border. Approximately one of every thousand illegal aliens caught at the southwest border is recognized as a gang member.
Recent cartel turf wars in Tijuana are reviewed in order to suggest, by way of circumstantial evidence, that a new surge in gang violence in San Diego has resulted from an expansion of Mexican cartel wars northward into U.S. territory.