Arizona is state with most arrests in the ICE-led gang surge

Katrina Soto
May 13, 2017

Immigration and Customs and Enforcement agents have recently arrested over 1,300 people in a large gang-enforcement operation across the United States, officials said Thursday. A spokesman for the agency said 207 were arrested in the Houston area.

The operation targeted transnational criminal activity such as drug trafficking, weapon smuggling, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder, and racketeering. 280 were arrested on immigration violations.

The focus was not exclusively on immigrants: Of the 1,378 total arrested, 933 were USA citizens and 445 were foreign nationals, ICE reported.

In Detroit, there has been an ongoing effort by law enforcement to crack down on gang violence, with local, state and federal law enforcement groups teaming up to dismantle what they consider the most violent gangs in the crime-plagued city.

Federal officials released the names of only four of the people arrested in the operation, which the agency dubbed Project New Dawn.

A total of 1,378 suspects were arrested, with 1,095 confirmed gang members.

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All members of gangs that Homan calls the biggest threat to America's communities. Clayton County subsequently released him, but an ICE deportation officer who reviewed the record was able to determine the man arrested under a fictitious name was in fact Mr. Diaz and subject to an active warrant out of Cook County for aggravated sexual abuse.

Virginia Kice, a local ICE spokeswoman, said three of those arrested in Las Vegas were picked up on criminal charges while the other two were "foreign nationals" suspected of being in the country illegally.

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.

Media captionNisa Mickens, 15, was killed by an MS-13 gang including undocumented immigrants.

The majority, 1,095, of those arrested during the March 26-May 6 operation were confirmed gang members with many coming from the Bloods, the Crips, and MS-13.

Over two thirds of the 1,378 people arrested were U.S. citizens.

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