The group's leader, Jesus Espinosa, is serving a life sentence for drug trafficking — Hermanos Pistoleros is known to be a huge importer and seller of cocaine and marijuana. That case was preceded in by the slaying of year-old Jonathan Townsend of Windsor, who was gunned down outside his mother's Stony Point Road apartment complex when he confronted a group of teens who were trying to break into his car. All respondents in our samples belong to distinct collectives in their respective neighborhoods. This feature is available only to subscribers; make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story. Overall, the Taiwanese respondents viewed higher education, and education in general, as an intractable part of their future. Many dejected immigrants spend the rest of their lives working menial jobs on the margins of Chinatowns. While some respondents sell drugs on a permanent basis, the majority of the respondents only sell drugs for either a short period of time or inconsistently at best.
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Variation in economic activities associated with gangs should not and cannot be reduced to differences in ethnicity. At the end of the week, that's a lot of dough right there. Although many communities have gangs that bear the names of earlier gangs that originated in Los Angeles and Chicago, the actual membership of these newer gangs is often locally based and has little or no real national affiliation. In recent years, the issue of Asian American youth gangs has gotten a lot of attention from the media and law enforcement. But when your dream is broke, what can you do? Education was rejected by our respondents early on. The gangs often follow a hierarchy.
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Pouv said Southeast Asian youths gravitate toward gangs because they're trying to rebel and become more assimilated to the American youth culture they see around them. In the name of "homeland security," many law enforcement agencies are now aggressively pursuing, harassing, and arresting any Asian who they might perceive as a potential criminal. Based out of South Los Angeles, Florencia 13 is part of a terrifying gang war scene that has turned L. On one side is the area's largest Latino gang, which for years has claimed as its turf a neighborhood of less than two square miles in central Long Beach. Refugees were fleeing war-torn Southeast Asia and looking for a new start in the United States. Many times they don't have enough job skills or English fluency to find steady and meaningful work.