Unlike the agency's immigration section, HSI has broad powers to enforce hundreds of federal laws on crimes like child exploitation, human smuggling, and drug and weapons trafficking.Its agents routinely arrest US citizens. Arrests were made nationwide and the operation targeted gang members and associates involved in transnational criminal activity, including drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling and sex trafficking, murder and racketeering. The remaining 280 were arrested on immigration violations, they said.
933 of the arrests were USA citizens and 45 were foreign nationals.
Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said that violent street gangs are the "biggest threat facing our communities". Gang affiliation and criminal activity is considered a reason to lose DACA protections.
Homan added that "efforts to dismantle gangs are much more effective in areas where partnership with local law enforcement is strongest". Of those 10, nine were confirmed gang members and eight of those 10 were MS-13 specifically.
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Three individuals arrested during the operation previously benefited from the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the release stated.
Olufemi Odeyemi and Brenda Jackson were arrested on April 7 in New Jersey in connection with possession and distribution of heroin, ICE officials said.
Enforcement actions occurred around the country, with the greatest activity taking place in the HSI Houston, HSI New York, HSI Atlanta, and HSI Newark areas.
Hundreds of gang members have been arrested across the country as a result of a six-week anti-gang operation. MS-13 accounted for 104 of the arrests, less than the Bloods or Sureños. Of those, the majority were USA citizens who are allegedly involved in transnational gang activity.
SAN ANTONIO- A nationwide operation to put gang members behind bars has led to almost 1,400 arrests, including 76 in the San Antonio area.