Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Tuesdaythat more than 1,000 gang members, including alleged murderers and rapists, were arrested as part of a six-week operation targeting gang members involved in transnational criminal activity.
According to ICE, of the 1,378 total arrested, 933 were USA citizens, and 1,095 were confirmed as gang members or affiliates.
Three of the individuals arrested were previously under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program established in 2012 under former President Barack Obama.
ICE acting director Thomas D. Homan and Derek Benner, deputy executive associate director of Homeland Security Investigations, said a total of 1,098 people were arrested on criminal charges as part of the operation.
Of the 1,378 arrested nationwide, 1,098 arrested on federal or state criminal charges, including 21 individuals arrested on murder-related charges and seven on rape and sexual assault charges, the statement said.
As arrests are made authorities are able to obtain information from those suspects and criminals to keep disrupting and dismantling risky gangs. Seven Flint gang members also were arrested and represented the Spanish Cobras, East Side Crips, and IMOB.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the suspects include 445 foreign nationals from 21 countries, including Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. 95 arrested in 5-day Houston area ICE roundup almost 300 were arrested on administrative immigration violations.
Gerardo Diaz-Rodriguez, a Mexican national who illegal re-entered the United States after being allowed to voluntarily depart the United States in lieu of formal removal in April 2003, was arrested by ICE deportation officers at his Clayton County residence during a targeted enforcement operation May 4 in concert with the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
The arrests mostly took place in the Houston, New York, Atlanta and Newark, New Jersey, areas.
Over two thirds of the 1,378 people arrested were United States citizens.
Media captionNisa Mickens, 15, was killed by an MS-13 gang including undocumented immigrants.
Ten of those arrested were classified as unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally.
HSI and its partner law enforcement agencies seized 238 firearms, various drugs including almost 800 ounces of cocaine, more than 540 ounces of methamphetamine, more than 113 ounces of heroin, 1.59 ounces of fentanyl and 8,019.46 ounces of marijuana.