20 in Mich. arrested in federal gang investigation

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) led a six-week long nationwide gang operation that ended this weekend with 1,378 arrests.

"Gang members are involved in a broad range of criminal activity, including drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, extortion and other crimes with a nexus to our border", Homan said. Of the 17 made in the D.C. area, seven were criminal arrests and 10 were arrests for immigration violations.

ICE also said that 10 people arrested had entered the United States as unaccompanied minors - and nine of them were gang members.

One of the three already had DACA status removed and two others were in the process, Derek Benner, deputy executive associate director of Homeland Security investigations, said at a news conference. "Gang-related violence and criminal activity present an ongoing challenge for law enforcement everywhere".

Homan added that "efforts to dismantle gangs are much more effective in areas where partnership with local law enforcement is strongest".

Federal officials released the names of only four of the people arrested in the operation, which the agency dubbed Project New Dawn.

The Atlanta field office, which covers Georgia and the Carolinas, arrested 116 total gang members; 114 of them being convicted criminals.




According to agency officials, a further 280 people - nearly two thirds of them gang affiliated - face prosecution for being in the United States illegally and will be processed for deportation.

Word of the overall anti-gang operation came in an announcement in Washington, D.C., by the Department of Homeland Security, which said it was part of an enforcement effort launched in 2005.

More than 900 of the arrested were U.S. citizens.

Media captionNisa Mickens, 15, was killed by an MS-13 gang including undocumented immigrants.

Of those arrested, ICE reports 1,095 suspects are confirmed gang members affiliated with organizations like the Bloods, Surenos, MS-13, and Crips.

Ten arrested crossed the border as unaccompanied minors, including nine as gang members.

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