ICE “gang” raids in California, Wisconsin

On Nov. 19, a task force of more than 60 federal and local law enforcement personnel conducted a pre-dawn raid targeting gang members at 28 locations in the Newhall and Canyon Country sections of Santa Clarita, in Los Angeles County. Agencies participating in the sweep included ICE, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station’s Detective Bureau, the City of Santa Clarita/Sheriff’s COBRA Unit and the Community Interaction Team (CIT), the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Los Angeles County Department of Probation. A total of 21 people were arrested: four were booked on new criminal charges at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station; 15 were transported by ICE to downtown Los Angeles to face immigration proceedings; and two are being presented to the US Attorney’s Office for prosecution on federal felony charges of re-entering the country after deportation. (Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station press release, Nov. 19 via SCVTV; Contra Costa Times, Nov. 19)

On Nov. 19, federal, state and local authorities arrested 11 alleged “gang members and associates,” all of them unauthorized immigrants from Mexico, in a multi-agency sweep in Kenosha, Wis. The Wisconsin Department of Justice said the operation targeted the Surenos 13 street gang. One of the 11 immigrants was turned over to federal prosecutors to face charges of re-entering the US after having been deported. Two others were turned over to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department to face outstanding criminal charges. ICE placed detainers on the two to ensure they are returned to ICE custody for deportation when the criminal proceedings end. The other eight people arrested are in ICE custody pending deportation. (AP, Nov. 20; AP, Nov. 21 from WGTD-FM)

From Immigration News Briefs, Nov. 22

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