Announcements from the department claim that over 1,300 individuals being arrested during an ICE-led anti-gang operation across the country An ICE-led anti-gang operation resulted in the arrest of more than 1,300 individuals across the country, the department announced Thursday.
The operation which lasted six weeks and was directed in coordination with local law enforcement partners is considered to be the largest gang surge ever conducted, according to a press release.
Out of the 1,378 people which were arrested, 1,095 were affiliated with gangs such as the Surenos, the Bloods, the Crips, as well as MS-13, and 280 people were arrested solely for immigration-related offenses.
Despite a large number of the arrested individuals being American citizens, more than 400 of them were foreign nationals, but no information has been provided whether or not they were in the country illegally.
8 out of the 100 MS-13 members were caught crossed the border as unaccompanied minors, according to the reports, and these members exploit a loophole in the immigration law known as Unaccompanied Minors Program, with the goal of smuggling in and recruiting members.
One of the main promises that the Trump administration has made was that they would crack down on gangs, especially MS-13 through increased border security as well as build a wall along the southern border, and as far as we can see, those promises are not so far into the future.