Immigration and Customs Enforcement says its agents have helped arrest more than 1,300 accused gang members across the United States in the last six weeks.
A recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement anti-gang operation resulted in over a thousand arrests nationwide, and some were in Virginia.
Three individuals arrested during the operation previously benefited from the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the release stated.
Of those arrested, 1,098 were arrested on federal and/or state criminal charges, including 21 people arrested on murder-related charges and seven on rape and sexual assault charges. Of the total arrests, 13 were members of Detroit-based gangs, including the Latin Count, 18th Street, Cheddda Avenue and Surenos.
The confirmed gang members admitted membership in a gang.
"Of the 16 gang members locally arrested, 12 are US citizens and four are foreign nationals, two of which are wanted in connection with homicides committed in the USA", the press release read.
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A total of 280 individuals were arrested for immigration violations and will be "processed administratively for removal from the United States, " Deputy Executive Associate Director Derek Benner said at a news conference.
He said that focus was one of the "highest priorities and will remain so" for ICE.
The raids took place primarily in the Houston, New York, Atlanta, and Newark, N.J., areas, the agency said.
ICE also noted that 10 of the arrests were of people who crossed the border as unaccompanied minors, eight of whom were confirmed to belong to the MS-13 gang, ICE said. MS-13 accounted for 104 of the arrests, less than the Bloods or Sureños.
ICE and Homeland Security Investigations conducted the raids. "They are going to commit a crime in many cases and now we got to send a team out to look for these people in a less secure environment out in the public". The remaining 283 claimed no affiliation with any gangs but were arrested for gang-related activities or had tattoos that identified them as being a gang member.