Before Donald Trump took office, he promised that he would crack down on illegal immigration like no other president had before. This past week, he followed through with this promise in a huge way.
A total of 214 illegal aliens were arrested this week because of a federal crackdown on the violent Latino gang known as “MS-13.” This came months after Trump gave a speech in Long Island in which he detailed the administration’s plan to crack down on MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha. While speaking in a town where MS-13 has launched attacks, Trump linked the gang violence to soft immigration enforcement of the past presidential administrations.
Breitbart reported that nearly one third of the aliens arrested were invited into the United States by President Barack Obama’s “Unaccompanied Alien Children” policy. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Tom Homan announced the successful “raging bull” sweep in a joint press conference at ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Rybicki, the second-ranking official at DOJ’s Criminal Division, said that the operation is a “significant step towards dismantling and eradicating MS-13 in the United States and in El Salvador.” Derek Benner, the deputy executive associate director of the Homeland Security Investigations division, said that ninety-three of the arrestees have been charged with federal or state criminal offenses and will face prison time in the United States.
Sixty-four of the arrestees are would-be “dreamers” because they illegally crossed the border while claiming to be minors. Their unscreened claims to be children won them the legal status of “Unaccompanied Alien Children,” which allowed them to claim federal aid and be released into the United States.
“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 this week by Trump to head the agency. “That’s why we asked for several policy changes in [the requests] we sent to the Hill.”
The charges against the arrestees include racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder in the furtherance of racketeering. U.S. Border Patrol Deputy Chief Scott Luck told reporters that the operation worked with El Salvadoran intelligence agencies to identify people with links to MS-13.
“FDNS also notified ICE HSI regarding asylum applicants with strong ties to MS-13 or other significant gang indicators,” said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Francis Cissna. “Our headquarters FDNS officers search USCIS systems for information regarding 195 targeted MS-13 members and associates identified by the operation for additional vetting.”
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