The Trump administration announced a major gang sweep Thursday, with the arrest of more than 200 members of the violent street gang MS-13.The Obama administration would have been targeting them for a voter registration drive instead.
Officials from the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department said "Operation Raging Bull" was conducted across the United States from Oct. 8 to Nov. 11, and concluded with the arrest of 214 members of MS-13.
"We will not rest until every member, associate and leader of MS-13 has been held accountable for their crimes," said Thomas Horman, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
This was the second phase of a federal effort to target MS-13. The first phase involved 53 arrests in El Salvador in September after an 18-month investigation.
In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said more than 1,200 gang members have been convicted so far this year, and about 4,000 have been arrested and charged. He said the arrests will help make the country safer "by taking MS-13 off our streets for good."
From Breitbart: One-Third of 214 Arrested MS-13 Gangsters Were ‘Unaccompanied Alien Children’ invited to stay in the United States by Preznit Obama.
Sixteen of the 214 arrestees in the United States are U.S. citizens. Five were legal immigrants.If I were a little more evil, I would encourage Trump to lay off MS-13 in solidly blue states, and focus my efforts in red and purple ones. Virginia springs to mind as a state where vigorous enforcement of gang related immigration violations could turn the tide.
Ninety-three of 214 arrestees are charged with federal or state criminal offenses and will face prison time in the United States, said Derek Benner, the deputy executive associate director of the Homeland Security Investigations division.
The group of 214 include 193 illegal aliens, including 121 arrestees who will be deported but will not face criminal charges.
Sixty-four of the 193 illegals – nearly one in three – are would-be “dreamers” because they illegally crossed the border while claiming to be minors. Their unscreened claims to be children — not adults — won them the legal status of “Unaccompanied Alien Children,” which allowed them to claim federal aid and be released into the United States.
The status was provided by Obama’s administration, which was seeking ways to welcome migrants from Central America into the United States. That invite spiraled out of control, resulting in a huge wave of migrants in 2014, which helped Donald Trump get elected.
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