Archive for May 3rd, 2012

The Rise of the Mara Gangs

The “Mara” gang was actually a Salvadoran invention. This is because many illegal El Salvador immigrants travelled to the U.S. when the U.S.-backed “death squads” ravaged the country in the 1980’s. This was when the “Mara Salvatrucha” came out. The Maras gangs were created by Salvadorans to protect themselves from Mexican (Mexican Los Angelinos) and African American bullies – in the 1980’s, these groups have very huge populations in Los Angeles.