La Mara Salvatrucha Street Gang

  • News

    August 7, 2014

    The Surge

    Why Central American kids are flooding Texas, and what it means in Dallas.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    The Face of the Surge

    In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 20 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Can Turk. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. October 2011. Luis Chamagua woke up, showered, ate cereal and headed for school. Typical morni ... More >>

  • News

    April 10, 2014

    Deporter in the Court

    Dallas immigration judge Dietrich Sims was notoriously tough on the most vulnerable immigrants. Then they sent him the kids.

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    The MS-13 Gang is on a Rampage at a Forest Lane Apartment Complex. No Golf Cart Is Safe.

    The Indigo on Forest is, per its website, a wonderful community located in "prestigious North Dallas" that still manages to offer apartments at the low, low price of $440 per month. It would be almost idyllic if it weren't for the contingent of MS-13, a.k.a. Mara Salvatrucha, a.k.a. the brutal Lati ... More >>

  • News

    November 17, 2011

    Postcard from Texas Meth Country

    In one East Texas town, a new brand of meth lab has business -- and the occasional house -- booming.

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    ICE Says More Than 100 Were Rounded Up During Five-Day Multi-Agency Anti-Gang Sweep

    ‚ÄčThis just in from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: The agency, along with the Office of Homeland Security Investigations National Gang Unit and an alphabet's soup worth of local law enforcement agencies, spent the last five days sweeping Dallas-Fort Worth for gang members and their a ... More >>

  • News

    March 19, 2009
  • News

    July 26, 2007

    El Tren de la Muerte

    Central American migrants risk life and limb on the death trains to Texas

  • News

    January 25, 2007

    Angel of Honduras

    Dupree's so-called ex is ordered home, but the DA might want a word with him first

  • News

    January 4, 2007

    Cold as ICE

    Constable Mike Dupree deports his ex-lover to Honduras