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REPORT: ICE planning raids against undocumented teen gang members

July 25, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
REPORT: ICE planning raids against undocumented teen gang members Courtesy of ICE

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Officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are organizing a nationwide roundup of teen gang members who illegally entered the U.S. Some of those being targeted include teens who came in as Unaccompanied Alien Children.

Referring to the targeted enforcement operation as an expansion of President Trump’s crackdown on illegals, Reuters indicated that the roundup targets teens around 16- and 17-years-old.

Reuters referred to an internal memo acquired from an anonymous source at ICE. It claims the move is an extension of the deportation policy established under the Obama Administration where teens were arrested for deportation if they had been found guilty of a crime. The new action targets teens allegedly linked to gangs.

The memo cites criteria for defining gang affiliation. To be identified as a member the person must meet two of the following:
– Having gang tattoos
– Visiting notorious gang locations
– Dressing in gang apparel

Immigration attorney David Leopold of Ulmer & Berne told Reuters they are worried that innocent teens could be targeted during the operations.

ICE preparing crackdown on suspected teen gang members

“In many cases, children don’t freely decide to join a gang. They are threatened by older members and forced to get a tattoo if they live in a certain neighborhood,” he told Reuters.

The memo adds that the operation will also focus on parents who illegally crossed the border with their kids and who are the subject of a removal order from an immigration judge, along with people who crossed the border illegally as children alone and have turned 18.

President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have made the targeting of gang members a priority. In April, Sessions threatened MS-13 gang members, and said, “We are targeting you.”

“The MS-13 motto is kill, rape, and control,” Sessions said at the U.S. Courthouse in Central Islip, New York. “I have a message to the gangs that are targeting our people: We are targeting you. We are coming after you.”

ICE agents plan raids in the coming week targeting teenaged gang suspect in the U.S. illegally

In June, an official with the FBI testified before the House Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence and referred to MS-13 as the most violent gang in the U.S.

“MS-13 is not the largest gang in the United States; it is the most violent and well-organized,” FBI Assistant Director for New York told the reps.

In June, Breitbart Texas reported that the amount of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the southern border with Mexico, specifically from El Salvador, was again increasing. Although there had been a six-month decline, 8,005 unaccompanied minors from El Salvador have been apprehended after illegally crossing the border since October of last year. There were 1,493 apprehended in May — which is close to a fifty% from the month prior.

MS-13 members often recruit children who are illegals. The FBI assistant director from New York told the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence that MS-13 members are “much younger than those connected to street gangs.” They take “cues from the gang instead of relying on a family structure. Those emigrating from El Salvador to the U.S. are known to be exposed and desensitized to violence at an early age.”

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