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Understanding East Coast Mexican gangs, Part 1


Names/alliances of  U.S. Mexican gangs

La Gran Raza

  • The Mexican Boys
  • Crazy Homies
  • Chidos Picudos
  • Cachandos
  • Wild Chicanos
  • Santaneros
  • Santiago Muchacan
  • Reyes Locos
  • Cuatro in Quietos
  • Pitufos
  • La Mugre
  • Los Cholos
  • Palomos
  • Vente Seis
  • Los Primos
  • Necios
  • Sombras
  • La Raza

La Gran Familia (LGF)

  • Night and Day
  • La Hermandad De Pistoleros Latinos
  • Ninos Malos
  • Southside
  • Cacos
  • Border Brothers
  • Traviesos(NY)
  • 18 Street
  • Carnalitos
  • 13 Malditos
  • La Onda
  • Sureno Trece
  • LA 13
  • Brown Pride
  • Vagabondos
  • Compadres
  • La Tremendas
  • Escandolosos
  • Barrio Kings
  • La Cien
  • Gueristos
  • La Raza Mexicana

Unknown or no affiliation

  • Vatos Locos
  • Sons Of Mexico
  • El Escuadron
  • Tres Puntos
  • Traviesos (NJ)
  • 13 Locos
  • Los Toros
  • M-18 (Diez y Ocho) Vagos
  • Los Locos
  • Chacas
  • Chicano Nation
  • Rincoenas
  • Los Playeros
Part 1 of a 2-part series

Mexican gangs have been forming in the United States for as long as we have had Mexican immigrants. On the East Coast, however, Mexican gangs are virtually a recent phenomenon. In the past several years, East Coast cities have experienced an increase in the creation of gangs consisting of Mexican Nationals. These gangs are largely Border Brothers gangs.

In Spanish, Border Brothers are called "Hermanos de la Frontera." Border Brothers are usually illegal immigrants from the same region in Mexico or those who have illegally entered the United States at the same time. These Border Brothers have formed together for social interactions and protection. After a short time, they operate like any other gang.

Many of these Mexican gangs forming on the East Coast maintain strong ties to Mexico, Mexican traditions and their relatives across the United States. The favorite holiday among Mexican immigrants in the U.S. is Cinco De Mayo, the Fifth of May, which observes the Battle of Puebla, fought on May 5, 1862 against the French army's attempt to take over the town of Puebla. A 2,000-strong Mexican army of soldiers and local citizens armed only with farm tools, defeated 6,000 French Soldiers. Other important dates in the Mexican culture are Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16 and Revolution Day on Nov. 20th. It is important for law enforcement officers to monitor such celebrations for gang activity while ensuring public safety.

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