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The Trump administration and immigration agents will conduct a nationwide raid campaign next week to arrest suspected gang members.
An internal administration memo obtained by Reuters indicates that the raids are set to begin on Sunday and continue through Wednesday, targeting, among others, illegal immigrant minors aged 16 and 17.
The Trump administration’s targeting of illegal immigrant minors for suspected gang activity is a reversal of Obama administration policy, which did not arrest minors on suspicion of gang activity and reserved deportation for convicted criminals.
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement that a person can be identified as a gang member if they meet two or more criteria, including having gang tattoos, frequenting an area notorious for gangs and wearing gang apparel,” Reuters reports.
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The memo obtained by Reuters was dated June 30. A Department of Homeland Security official confirmed to Reuters Friday that the raids will are still scheduled to take place, though ICE’s plans are subject to change.
President Trump promised to crack down on the violent crimes committed by gangs like MS-13 during his campaign for president. During a speech he delivered in May, the president said MS-13 would be "gone from our streets very soon, believe me."
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