U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported the “largest gang surge” taking place in a six-week nationwide gang operation from March 26 to May 6.
A division within ICE called Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted the surge that arrested 1,378 gang members.
Some of the heinous crimes committed by these suspects included drug trafficking, sex trafficking, and murder. Key locations were San Antonio, Texas, Washington D.C., San Diego, California, and Newark, New Jersey.
ICE reported more on the story, which includes foreign nationals from 21 different countries.
Of the 1,378 total arrested, 1,098 were arrested on federal and/or state criminal charges, including 21 individuals arrested on murder related charges and seven for rape and sexual assault charges. The remaining 280 were arrested on administrative immigration violations. Of the total arrested, 933 were U.S. citizens and 445 were foreign nationals from 21 countries in South and Central America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.
They also break down the categories of gang affiliation.
Of the 1,378 total arrested, 1,095 were confirmed as gang members and affiliates – including 137 affiliated with the Bloods, 118 with the Sureños, 104 with MS-13, and 104 with the Crips. The remaining 283 claimed no gang affiliation but were arrested on either criminal or administrative charges.
It was not just gang members HSI targeted. Illegal aliens from the DACA program were not let off the hook.
Three individuals arrested during this operation previously had deferred action under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Aliens granted DACA who are found to pose a threat to national security or public safety may have their deferred action terminated at any time and the Department of Homeland Security may seek their removal from the United States. Since the start of DACA in 2012, DHS has terminated deferred action for approximately 1,500 recipients due to criminality or gang affiliation concerns.
These operations began in a 2005 anti-gang initiative called Operation Community Shield. Thanks to the efforts of HSI, ICE says they have made over 47,000 “gang-related” arrests since then.
The crimes committed by these vicious gang members show how dangerous the job can be for ICE. They put their lives on the line to protect our communities.
Despite the mainstream media trying to portray ICE as evil villains, their focus is to do their job and arrest those who pose a threat to our country.
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