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Washington - Immigration Agents Aid In Arrests Of Over 1300 Accused Gang Members

Published on: May 11, 2017 05:26 PM
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Washington - Federal immigration agents have helped arrest more than 1,300 accused gang members across the United States in the last six weeks, the Homeland Security Department said Thursday.

The announcement of the gang sweep, part of an enforcement effort launched in 2005, comes amid a Trump administration effort to crack down on street gangs as part of a broader border security and illegal immigration enforcement effort.

Fewer than a third of those arrested in the latest operation were foreign citizens.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director Thomas Homan said 1,098 suspected gang members were arrested on a variety of federal and state criminal charges, while 280 others face administrative immigration charges. Among them were 384 foreigners who were living in the U.S. illegally and 61 legally in the country.

“Gang members are involved in a broad range of criminal activity, including drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, extortion and other crimes with a nexus to our border,” Homan said.

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ICE said hundreds of suspected members of the Bloods, Surenos, MS-13 and Crips gangs were among those arrested in the operations between late March and early May. Agents arrested 104 suspected MS-13 members. ICE said that group included five U.S. citizens and three immigrants in the country legally.

The Trump administration has said MS-13 poses a particular risk to American communities and is among the most ruthless street gangs.



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 May 11, 2017 at 06:28 PM TrumpISprez4-8 Says:

As long as Qaxzc still believes that Trump did nothing since elected. thank you Mr. president for cleaning up our streets.

#MAGA

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 May 11, 2017 at 07:41 PM Hoshomer Says:

Thank you Mr President for keeping us safe.

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 May 11, 2017 at 08:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Fry them. The illegals should be barred from ever entering US again. Protect our borders.

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 May 12, 2017 at 12:49 AM yamsar Says:

Reply to #1  
TrumpISprez4-8 Says:

As long as Qaxzc still believes that Trump did nothing since elected. thank you Mr. president for cleaning up our streets.

#MAGA

We should thank Obama for Getting this going.

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 May 12, 2017 at 08:09 AM Anonymous Says:

It isn't only the illegal gang members who are threatening our society; there are gang members of all backgrounds (Black, White, Hispanic, Asian), in the USA, who are violent, and who should be rounded up. One only has to go to Chicago to see the war zones, which have been created.

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 May 12, 2017 at 11:02 AM TrumpISprez4-8 Says:

Reply to #4  
yamsar Says:

We should thank Obama for Getting this going.

"The announcement of the gang sweep, part of an enforcement effort launched in 2005, comes amid a Trump administration effort to crack down on street gangs as part of a broader border security and illegal immigration enforcement effort."

The AP as you know is no friend of Trump yet it contributed the success to who?

And by the way for the sake of fairness I thank Obama for getting Bin Laden. I am not one of these people that thank Bush for that. However, this is Trump's doing. be honest.

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