Date AnnouncedJune 14, 2017
ICE announces 39 MS-13 arrests in prior 30 days and provides information on Operation Matador and DHS Transnational Organized Crime Initiative. ICE states that individuals are confirmed as gang members if they admit membership in a gang, have been convicted of any federal or state offense criminalizing or imposing civil consequences for gang-related activity, or if they meet certain other criteria such as gang-specific tattoos or membership identified by a reliable source.
Operation Matador is part of Operation Community Shield, a nationwide effort that began in 2005 to target gang members and their associates. Total numbers for Criminal and Administrative arrests from FY 2005-2017 as a result of the program are included in the PDF. [ID #264]View Policy Document
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson's 2014 memo prioritized enforcement action against noncitizens convicted of an offense involving "active participation in a street gang" or those 16 and older who "intentionally participated in an organized criminal gang" to further illegal activity.Policies for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants (Nov. 20, 2014)