Feds Arrest 267 in MS-13 Gang Crackdown

The U.S. government has arrested 267 suspected MS-13 members since September. A heat map above show where the arrests were made

The U.S. government has arrested 267 suspected MS-13 members since September. A heat map above show where the arrests were made

Criminal charges against the 214 gang-members include racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder in the furtherance of racketeering.

Sixteen of the arrestees are USA citizens and five have legal status in the United States, the department added.

"This successful operation continues our efforts to attack MS-13 - both domestically and overseas - disrupting their financial networks", said Homan.

"This is a great operation, but we are not done, and we will not be done until we totally dismantle this organization", he said.

More than 250 suspected members of the risky global MS-13 gang were arrested in a six-month crackdown by the USA government.

The only street gang designated by the Treasury Department as a transnational criminal organization, MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, boasts almost 10,000 members in the United States, mostly immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

The operation was led by the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in conjunction with local and federal officials. More than 50 people were arrested in El Salvador during the first phase.

Of the 214 people arrested, 16 were American citizens and 198 were foreign nationals, of whom five were legal residents.

Most of the MS-13 members were arrested were from El Salvador where the group has ethnic ties
Most of the MS-13 members were arrested were from El Salvador where the group has ethnic ties

Sixty-four of the 193 illegals - almost one in three - are would-be "dreamers" because they illegally crossed the border while claiming to be minors.

In February, Trump directed the Justice Department to redouble its efforts to root out MS-13 and other transnational criminal organizations. The second phase was conducted across the United States from October 8 to November 11 and concluded with 214 MS-13 arrests nationwide. "These 267 arrests are the next step toward making this country safer by taking MS-13 off of our streets for good". Many UACs claim to immigration officials that they are fleeing their home countries as a result of the gang presence there, and have been allowed into the country to pursue years-long immigration and family court proceedings. An estimated 10,000 members live in the United States, according to the Justice Department.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Francis Cissna explained that his agency's work to identify illegal aliens with gang affiliations was vital to Raging Bull's success.

But gang membership is not a crime, and the agents did not have a criminal warrant.

A few weeks ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions deemed the MS-13 a priority for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF).

Tackling MS-13 has been a top priority for President Trump, Sessions said in a press released about the operation.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) highlighted 267 arrests Thursday of suspected members and associates of the El Salvador-based MS-13 gang.

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