Nationwide ICE sweep arrests almost 1,400 MS-13 gang members, DREAMers and more - VIDEO

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A total of 1,378 suspected gang members were arrested by Homeland Security Investigations and ICE, including some illegal aliens who had previously been recipients of “Dream Act” deportation deferrals.

ICE sent out a Tweet with details and a link to the report.


The six-week operation ended May 6 and swept up some allegedly really bad people.

“Of the 1,378 total arrested,” the statement read, “1,098 were arrested on federal and/or state criminal charges, including 21 individuals arrested on murder related charges and seven for rape and sexual assault charges. The remaining 280 were arrested on administrative immigration violations. 

“Of the total arrested,” it added, “933 were U.S. citizens and 445 were foreign nationals from 21 countries in South and Central America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.”

“Three individuals arrested during this operation previously had deferred action under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals),” ICE said. “Aliens granted DACA who are found to pose a threat to national security or public safety may have their deferred action terminated at any time and the Department of Homeland Security may seek their removal from the United States. Since the start of DACA in 2012, DHS has terminated deferred action for approximately 1,500 recipients due to criminality or gang affiliation concerns.”

Ice also said that 1,095 of those arrested were confirmed gang members or affiliates.

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