ICE agents helped in massive gang sweep
- Author: Audrey Hill May 13, 2017,
May 13, 2017, 0:55
Over the past six weeks, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents engaged in the largest Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) enforcement surge ever attempted against criminal gangs. ICE said it worked with San Antonio police to arrest Gilbert Vasquez III, an alleged associate of the Tango Orejon Gang, on April 5.
"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.
According to ICE, 280 arrests were soley immigration-related.
More than two-thirds of the people arrested are US citizens, and all but two of those were born in this country, ICE officials said.
According to ICE, immigration officials and law enforcement have now arrested more than 7,300 MS-13 members since the onset of "Operation Community Shield" in 2005. When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders, it undermines ICE's ability to protect public safety and carry out its mission.
A total of 1,378 suspects were arrested, with 1,095 confirmed gang members.
DACA recipients are given protection by the federal government and since the Trump Administration has not ended the program, experts like Mark Krikorian have previously said that 800 new permits for protected DACA status can be granted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) every day. Outside of this operation, many others have had their DACA revoked by USCIS for gang membership, but remain in the country.
1,095 of those arrested during the operation were confirmed as gang members or associates, authorities said. Of those, eight were members of MS-13, the notoriously violent gang whose members include a large number of Central American illegal aliens.
Enforcement actions occurred across the nation, but the greatest activity took place in the Houston, New York City, Atlanta and Newark, N.J., areas. "We're focusing on gangs and organizations regardless of citizenship".
-Nine members of the Bounty Hunter Bloods street gang.
283 had no gang affiliation.