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

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Trump has made confronting the gang a top priority.

Sixteen of the arrestees are US citizens and five have legal status in the United States, the department added. It has led to more than 200 MS-13 arrests nationwide.

The first phase of the operation involved risky members of the gang, and the initial arrests in El Salvador numbered 53, after a year and a half of investigation that concluded in September.

"This is a great operation, but we are not done, and we will not be done until we totally dismantle this organization", he said.

A major crackdown led to the arrest of more than 200 alleged members and associates of the worldwide street gang, MS-13, officials announced Wednesday.

The only street gang designated by the Treasury Department as a transnational criminal organization, MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, boasts almost 10,000 members in the United States, mostly immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Martinez, 21, was arrested on November 1, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston.

The second phase took place between October 8 and November 11, in the US, during which an additional 214 suspected gang members were arrested, the Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday.

Operation Raging Bull – Nations of Origin chart – ICE
Operation Raging Bull – Nations of Origin chart – ICE

An earlier phase yielded 53 arrests in El Salvador in cooperation with that country's national police, after an 18-month investigation that concluded in September. "Sixteen of those arrested were USA citizens and 198 were foreign nationals, of which only five had legal status to be in the United States".

"We are committed to dismantling violent, transnational gangs such as MS-13 and, when applicable, swiftly removing their members from the country", Benner said. An arrest in Los Angles yielded a man who had an Interpol Red Notice, a form of global arrest warrant, for gang-related offenses and who is a suspect in the murder of a police officer in El Salvador. The Justice Department said it's trying to do exactly that.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) highlighted 267 arrests Thursday of suspected members and associates of the El Salvador-based MS-13 gang.

But gang membership is not a crime, and the agents did not have a criminal warrant.

Trump-who hopes to "destroy" the violent gang-came one step closer, as authorities announced the conclusion of the second phase of "Operation Raging Bull".

"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.

"The MS-13 gang is a risky menace to our children, families, and citizens of not just the United States but internationally", he said.

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