Accused gang members from Union City, West New York and elsewhere around the state were rounded up as part of a series of ongoing nationwide raids led by federal immigration officials.
Forty-two of those arrested by Newark-based agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) include purported members of the MS-13, Sureno 13, DDP, Trinitarios, Gran Familia Mexicana, Los Pitufos and Bloods street gangs.
Of those, 33 were illegally in the country and now face deportation, said officials from ICE, the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.
They came to the U.S. from El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Philippines, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic, officials said.
“The Union City Police Department is very happy with our long-term, ongoing working relationship with ICE, which has resulted in the apprehension and removal of many criminal street gang members who are in our community illegally,” said Capt. Brian Barrett, the city’s investigative division commander.
“We look forward to many more cooperative operations with ICE in the future,” Barrett said.
The natiowide operation, dubbed “Community Shield,” has netted nearly 13,000 gang members — belonging to hundreds of different crews — since February 2005. MORE TO THIS STORY →