Press Conference with Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and Other Senior Officials on Operation Community Shield [March 10, 2006] [open pdf - 30KB]
This press release provides a transcript of a conference with Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and other senior officials on Operation Community Shield. This is a tribute to the work of our ICE agents and supporting personnel, as well as federal, state and local law enforcement partners, fighting the war against gang violence. He explains the progress of Operation Community Shield and especially fighting the war against gang violence. Operation Community Shield is particularly focused on the violent MS-13 gang, which came from Central America and which really flourished in the United States. Due to the success of this Operation Community Shield in May 2005, DHS has expanded it to target all criminal street gangs. In the first year of operation, ICE agents in 76 field offices, working with law enforcement nationwide, arrested a total of 2,388 gang members from 239 different gangs. About 40 percent of these were MS-13 members, more than 1,075 with violent criminal histories, including 51 gang leaders.
Dept. of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/