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In Crackdown on MS-13, ICE Arrests Six in Montgomery County

19 November, 2017, 01:49 | Author: Paula Vaughn
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Homan vowed to continue going after the gang, saying it is a top ICE priority.

The operation was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, with the help from federal, state, local and worldwide law enforcement partners.

"We know he's an MS-13 member?"

"President Trump has ordered the Department of Justice to reduce crime and take down transnational criminal organizations, and we will be relentless in our pursuit of these objectives", Sessions said in announcing the arrests.

Thirty-eight individuals were arrested over the last month in Maryland and Northern Virginia as part of a national effort targeting members of the violent street gang MS-13, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.Three were arrested in Northern Virginia on immigration violations.

The Mara Salvatrucha gang, or MS-13, began in the 1980s in Los Angeles.

The U.S. government has arrested 267 suspected MS-13 members since September.

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Of the 214 arrested, 193 are in the United States illegally, 16 are US citizens, and five are foreign nationals with legal status.

Sixty-four of the 193 illegals - almost one in three - are would-be "dreamers" because they illegally crossed the border while claiming to be minors.

MS-13 gang members are known for their tattooed bodies. "Operation Raging Bull" took place from September to November and utilized ICE, Border Patrol, USCIS, Bureau of Prisons, and other domestic and worldwide law enforcement agencies to identify and arrest members of MS-13.

"These 267 arrests are the next step toward making this country safer by taking MS-13 off of our streets for good", Sessions said.

"MS-13 members use violence to defend and augment their power and territory", said David Rybicki, deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice's criminal division border patrol. The investigation focused on the gang's Stoners Locos clique, which had generated $1.9 million in illicit revenue since 2015 through crimes such as extortion, robbery, vehicle theft, money laundering, assault, and homicide, according to ICE. "I am announcing that I have authorized them to use every lawful tool to investigate MS-13-not just our drug laws, but everything from RICO to our tax laws to our firearms laws", Sessions said to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Philadelphia on October 23.

"MS-13 maintains sophisticated global network that supports its involvement in a wide range of criminal activities-in this country and others", said Thomas Homan, ICE deputy director and senior official performing the duties of the director.

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