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.
The agency on Thursday announced 1,098 suspected gang members were arrested on a variety of federal and state criminal charges, while 280 others face administrative immigration charges. The announcement of the gang sweep comes amid a Trump administration effort to crack down on street gangs as part of a broader border security and illegal immigration enforcement effort.
Fewer than a third of those arrested in the latest operation were foreigners. ICE says 384 foreigners who were arrested were living in the U.S. illegally and 61 had permission to be here.
The operation targeted gang members involved in transnational criminal activity.
Criminal activity includes drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling and sex trafficking, murder and racketeering.
The nationwide gang op led by ICE HSI concluded with 1,378 arrests across the US – the largest gang surge conducted by HSI to date pic.twitter.com/hDBmfWmtdv— ICE (@ICEgov) May 11, 2017
ICE reports this latest sweep is "the largest gang surge conducted by HSI to date."