Illegal Alien Gang Suspected Of Al-Qaida Ties

Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, a gang founded in El Salvador and known for smuggling drugs and immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border, could be bringing terrorists with them.

“The al-Qaida, from what we understand, has been meeting with them in Central America,” said Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Texas, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, which oversees national security.

Ortiz testified in March that al-Qaida has offered MS-13 about $250,000 to smuggle “high value al-Qaida operatives across the border.”

“Only God knows who or what they’ve been able to bring in” to the United States, Ortiz told The Associated Press.

The FBI estimates up to 30,000 MS-13s are in the United States.

MS-13 members have been implicated in dozens of killings across the United States, including many using the gang’s trademark machete.


“Mara” means gang, “Salva” is short for El Salvador and “trucha” is slang for “fear us,” “look out” or “heads up.”

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