President Trump pledged that his administration would deal with rampant crimes that are often carried out by gangs. Trump’s administration has just concluded a six-week sweep of suspected gang members with the final number arrested being 1,378.
The move marked the largest gang sweep by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations yet. The operation ran from March 26 to May 6 with some of the major targets being: gang members and those involved with a transnational criminal activity, including drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder, and racketeering.
A report from Fox News Channel indicated that gangs threaten the safety of our communities, not just in major metropolitan areas, but in our suburbs and rural areas, too. The ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said on Thursday that gang-related violence and criminal activity present an ongoing challenge for law enforcement everywhere.
The ICE reported that of the 1,378-total arrested, 933 were U.S. citizens, and 1,095 were confirmed as gang members or affiliates. Also, 104 of those arrested were affiliated with the dreaded MS-13 gang, eight of whom illegally crossed the border as unaccompanied minors.
Homan said that the efforts that ICE has put in to dismantle gangs are much more effective in areas where the partnership with local law enforcement is strongest.
As the operation was underway, HSI partnered with other law enforcement agencies to seize more than 200 firearms, narcotics like cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and marijuana and $491,763 in U.S. currency.
The enforcement was conducted across the nation, but the greatest activity took place in the Houston, New York City, Atlanta, and Newark, N.J.