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Audio via @PRItheWorld: Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos on El Salvador Gang Truce & US Deportation

August 9, 2012

Two of El Salvador’s most notorious street gangs got their start in California. The Mara Salvatrucha and its rival the 18th Street Gang were both created by immigrants who had fled El Salvador’s civil war. This past March, the Salvadoran branches of the gangs brokered a truce with help from the Catholic church. Alex Sanchez, a former gang member, says the truce back home has reverberated in Los Angeles.

Second El Salvador story: Salvadoran Killed While Waiting On US Immigration Papers

Some years ago, Charlie Garcia came to the United States illegally and married an American citizen. Then the Salvadoran decided to try to become legal. He went back to El Salvador to file his paperwork, as required. Tragically, he was killed there, waiting for his paperwork to come through.

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