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WAUKESHA - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today the successful arrest of 11 Mexican nationals during an operation targeting illegal aliens with ties to violent street gangs. The arrests announced today are the result of ongoing cooperative law enforcement efforts to identify, bring into custody, and turn over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials individuals known to be members of organized criminal street gangs for administrative proceedings and ultimate deportation.
In coordination with ICE and the Waukesha Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice Special Agents participated in a successful operation in connection with Operation Community Shield. Operation Community Shield is a national law enforcement initiative that partners with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to target the significant public safety threat posed by transnational street gangs.
Tuesday's operation targeted foreign-born gang members and associates. Ten of the 11 males arrested are known members of the following gangs: La Raza, Vatos Locos, Latin Kings, HomeBoyz, and the 38th Street Gang. Ten of the gang members were in the U.S. illegally. One is a U.S. permanent resident whose criminal convictions render him eligible for deportation. The individual who does not have a gang affiliation was arrested on an outstanding state warrant during the course of the operation.
Under Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's leadership, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has become a more active partner and participant in these cooperative enforcement operations.
"The identification and arrest of illegal aliens who organize and are members of criminal street gangs must be a top priority of all law enforcement," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "I look forward to continuing the strong partnership that we have developed with ICE on Operation Community Shield."
All 11 arrested have prior criminal histories that include: illegally carry a concealed weapon, aggravated battery, burglary, drug possession, theft and drunken driving.
Since October 2008 Wisconsin Department of Justice Special Agents have assisted ICE in the arrest of 243 criminal illegal aliens. In addition, DOJ has published a legal guide for local law enforcement on immigration enforcement issues that is available on the DOJ webpage at :