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Immigration sweeps net gang members

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant One of the suspects, Raul Mercado of Mexico, will be prosecuted for illegally entering the country after a prior deportation, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, said Scott. Mercado, who was arrested in Tujunga, has prior convictions for burglary, abuse of a controlled substance and making terrorist threats, Scott said. The other eight suspects – arrested in Granada Hills, Glendale and other parts of the east San Fernando Valley – will be deported, Scott said. They were not identified because ICE doesn’t release the names of suspects subject to administrative deportation, ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said. “This isn’t an immigration issue, this is a public-safety issue,” Kice said. “When these gang members commit crimes and acts of violence, the victims most often are immigrants from their own community.” ICE also arrested 19 suspects in Orange County and 41 in San Diego County in the latest raids, part of Operation Community Shield, ICE’s effort to crack down on gang members illegally in the country. ICE agents identified the suspects from leads from local and state law enforcement agencies, criminal sources, databases and other sources, Kice said. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nine foreign-born gang members were arrested in the San Fernando Valley and Glendale on immigration charges during sweeps over the past two weeks, and most will be deported, federal immigration officials said Friday. The sweeps targeted foreign nationals in the country illegally with a history of violent crime or drug trafficking, officials said. The nine suspects belonged to four gangs – three Hispanic gangs and one Armenian gang. “We’re trying to use our limited resources to focus on true, hardened criminals that we have jurisdiction over,” said Jeremy Scott, a group supervisor for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “They were all targeted for their criminal history. They all had state and local convictions, most of them for violence, some of them for narcotics,” Scott said. last_img read more

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