Homan vowed to continue going after the gang, saying it is a top ICE priority. "Whether on the local, state or federal level, effective collaboration with other law enforcement partners is an essential part of the criminal investigations HSI conducts, such as the recently completed Operation Raging Bull". It has led to more than 200 MS-13 arrests nationwide.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) officials announced the results of stepped up efforts by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Thursday, as part of the goal to target and dismantle the gang.
More than 250 suspected members of the unsafe worldwide MS-13 gang were arrested in a six-month crackdown by the US government.
The Mara Salvatrucha gang, or MS-13, began in the 1980s in Los Angeles.
"Of the 214 arrests made in the US, 93 were arrested on federal and/or state criminal charges", said ICE Homeland Security Investigations Deputy Executive Associate Director Derek Benner. Another 53 were arrested in EL Salvador in an earlier operation.
Of the 214 people arrested, 16 were American citizens and 198 were foreign nationals, of whom five were legal residents.
An MS-13 gang member is arrested during the Department of Homeland Security's "Operation Raging Bull", in Southern Calif., on November 9, 2017. Only 5 of those born overseas had legal status and 64 had crossed the border illegally as minors, they said.
In April, Trump tweeted that "weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S".
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MS-13 gang members are known for their tattooed bodies.
You can read the Department of Justice Press Release here.
"The MS-13 gang is a risky menace to our children, families, and citizens of not just the United States, but internationally", Luck said.
Of the 214 MS-13 members arrested nationally, the largest number were found on Long Island, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He said the arrests will help make the country safer "by taking MS-13 off our streets for good".
While the vast majority of those youths are not criminals, Kolb said, they are a fertile recruiting base for gangs like MS-13.
"With more than 10,000 members across 40 states, MS-13 is one of the most unsafe criminal organizations in the United States today", U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.
"Definitely some UACs end up being bad people and enter the country to do bad things", said Homan, who is serving as acting ICE director and was nominated on Tuesday by Trump to head the agency.
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