America’s Third War: ICE Agents Nab More Than 600 Alleged Gang Members In Raids On U.S. Cities

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Photo: Tiasma31 (CC)

Fox News reports:

“Hands on the car!! Hands on the car!!” “Guys! Come to the railing!! Come to the railing!!”

The urgent commands were coming from heavily armed agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And the people quickly putting their hands up or onto the vehicle are not along the Mexican border, as one might expect with ICE, but in cities all over the country.

For the past two months, ICE, working with local law enforcement, nabbed hundreds of alleged gang members with transnational ties to major drug-smuggling cartels. Operation Southern Tempest had one goal: disrupt the dealing of cocaine, crack, meth and pot in American neighborhoods.

“These are not simply drug dealers,” ICE Director John Morton told Fox News. “We are talking about violent street gangs that are involved with everything from murder to theft to racketeering.”
Morton is announcing the results of his nationwide sweep through more than a hundred U.S. cities today at 12:30 p.m. (EST).

In a couple of raids in Miami, Fox News had exclusive access, joining agents as they planned their raids, first on dry erase boards, then out on the streets, expecting resistance and possible firefights as they jumped out of their vehicles and chased down alleged gang members. Morton says, more and more, drug smuggling cartels in Mexico, Central America and South America are selling in discounted bulk to established gangs in the U.S. Those gangs include MS-13, the Latin Kings, Bloods and Crips, who then break the drugs down into $20 bags, $50 bags and $100 bags of coke, meth and pot and sell them to drug users in American cities. When the gang members are not U.S. citizens, federal law allows for relatively quick deportation…

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  • Anonymous

    Is this story a joke. Let’s all pretend is has any real significance http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gangs_in_the_United_States. Typical right feel good bullshit, 600 hundred arrests, out of, 30,000 gangs. Shit that’s not even one gang member per gang, let alone tackling 800,000 odd gang members, oh look, they arrested 0.075 percent of gang members, yeah, like that’s gonna make a difference.
    Typical right wing bullshit, trying to dress up the situation to make hard on crime politicians look good, all the while the problems get worse and more people suffer and billions of dollars are thrown away. Why does it not surprise me that Fox not-News is leading the cheer squad.
    End the the problem now and legalise drugs, defund the gangs, defund the terrorists and defund the criminal drug dealers. The problem is not the drugs, the problem is self righteous lying sack of shit politicians, “too much money in it” (H.Clinton, political prostitute), indeed.

  • rtb61

    Is this story a joke. Let’s all pretend is has any real significance http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gangs_in_the_United_States. Typical right feel good bullshit, 600 hundred arrests, out of, 30,000 gangs. Shit that’s not even one gang member per gang, let alone tackling 800,000 odd gang members, oh look, they arrested 0.075 percent of gang members, yeah, like that’s gonna make a difference.
    Typical right wing bullshit, trying to dress up the situation to make hard on crime politicians look good, all the while the problems get worse and more people suffer and billions of dollars are thrown away. Why does it not surprise me that Fox not-News is leading the cheer squad.
    End the the problem now and legalise drugs, defund the gangs, defund the terrorists and defund the criminal drug dealers. The problem is not the drugs, the problem is self righteous lying sack of shit politicians, “too much money in it” (H.Clinton, political prostitute), indeed.

    • Malk

      Tax dollars hard at work man! The complete mishandling of huge sums of money in tiny spans of time for largely little to zero gain is what the US is all about!
      go go gadget misplaced priorities

    • Investinourftre

      I would like to see a story about the percentage of Drug enforcement agents who are themselves addicted to drugs. Hey Politicians your services have failed and we want our money back. Giving these guys cool names and telling us their our heroes no longer distracts us from the fact that the enforcement itself has made the drug game profitable to monsters. The obvious solution is legalize them all, it is hilarious to me that the government refuses to regulate the banks or the Pharm companies, but likes to regulate our day to day lives like we are on an episode of Super Nanny.

  • Malk

    Tax dollars hard at work man! The complete mishandling of huge sums of money in tiny spans of time for largely little to zero gain is what the US is all about!
    go go gadget misplaced priorities

  • 5by5

    More disturbing are the unmarked ICE detention centers around the country. And no, I’m actually NOT talking about the ones Alex Jones spews about (thought the DOD did create those during the Bush Administration, ostensibly for holding people in “mass migration events” such as climate disturbances).

    I’m talking about the fact that ICE uses random office and retail space in places like strip malls, to house people for days on end while they process them.

    Imagine you’re Hispanic, ICE comes in on some violent and confusing sweep and scoops you up with a bunch of other people. You’re a citizen, but you don’t have any paper on you, because who the hell carries citizenship docs with them all the time, especially if you’re born here.

    So they take you and the rest of the folks to a local strip mall and dump like 30 of you into a single room that has no bathroom facilities, and they lock you in. Three days pass. Nobody knows where you are, you haven’t been allowed to make a phone call, you’re now dirty, isolated, and scared. During this time, your employer fires you for not calling in, your family has no idea where you’ve been.

    Even if they don’t throw you on to a truck and dump you somewhere in Mexico before you can straighten this mess out, ICE has seriously fucked up your life.

    Who pays for that? The taxpayers do in legal fees, unemployment benefits, etc. And the society has broken it’s trust with it’s own citizens.

    This strikes me as an un-good.

  • 5by5

    More disturbing are the unmarked ICE detention centers around the country. And no, I’m actually NOT talking about the ones Alex Jones spews about (thought the DOD did create those during the Bush Administration, ostensibly for holding people in “mass migration events” such as climate disturbances).

    I’m talking about the fact that ICE uses random office and retail space in places like strip malls, to house people for days on end while they process them.

    Imagine you’re Hispanic, ICE comes in on some violent and confusing sweep and scoops you up with a bunch of other people. You’re a citizen, but you don’t have any paper on you, because who the hell carries citizenship docs with them all the time, especially if you’re born here.

    So they take you and the rest of the folks to a local strip mall and dump like 30 of you into a single room that has no bathroom facilities, and they lock you in. Three days pass. Nobody knows where you are, you haven’t been allowed to make a phone call, you’re now dirty, isolated, and scared. During this time, your employer fires you for not calling in, your family has no idea where you’ve been.

    Even if they don’t throw you on to a truck and dump you somewhere in Mexico before you can straighten this mess out, ICE has seriously fucked up your life.

    Who pays for that? The taxpayers do in legal fees, unemployment benefits, etc. And the society has broken it’s trust with it’s own citizens.

    This strikes me as an un-good.

  • E.B. Wolf

    I guess they had to do something to bolster their reputation after a truck full of ICE agents were jacked by the Zetas near Monterrey.
    http://exiledonline.com/wrong-turn-in-san-luis-de-potosi-why-did-the-zetas-ambush-two-ice-agents-on-a-lonely-mexican-desert-road/

  • E.B. Wolf

    I guess they had to do something to bolster their reputation after a truck full of ICE agents were jacked by the Zetas near Monterrey.
    http://exiledonline.com/wrong-turn-in-san-luis-de-potosi-why-did-the-zetas-ambush-two-ice-agents-on-a-lonely-mexican-desert-road/

  • Anonymous

    I would like to see a story about the percentage of Drug enforcement agents who are themselves addicted to drugs. Hey Politicians your services have failed and we want our money back. Giving these guys a cool name no longer distracts us from the fact that the enforcement itself has made the drug game profitable to monsters. The obvious solution is legalize them all, it is hilarious to me that the government refuses to regulate the banks or the Pharm companies, but like to regulate our day to day lives like we are on an episode of Super Nanny.

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