For the last six weeks, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents engaged in the largest Homeland Security Investigations enforcement surge ever attempted against criminal gangs. The ICE released an announcement saying the operation targeted “gang members and associates involved in transnational criminal activity, including drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling and sex trafficking, murder and racketeering.”
The operation ended with about 1400 arrests, including 445 non-citizen foreign nationals. Of those, 222 were members of the highly dangerous, foreign-based MS-13 or Sureños gangs. Additionally, three of the suspects previously received deferred action under former President Obama’s controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Since 2005, the ICE, immigration officials and law enforcement claim to have arrested more than 7,300 MS-13 members since the onset of “Operation Community Shield” in 2005. The vast majority of these members are criminal aliens.
Before Trump became president, he talked about dealing with the issue of illegal aliens. He said:
“All illegal aliens in gangs should be apprehended and deported.”
Trump became to fulfill his promise his promise about HSI effort against illegal aliens. ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan:
“Our efforts to dismantle gangs are much more effective in areas where partnership with local law enforcement is stronges.”
Cities and congressional leaders that support “sanctuary city” policies should take note of these successful partnerships.
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