Monday, July 20, 2009

US Rep Sue Myrick announces ICE anti-gang unit in Charlotte

Myrick Announces ICE Anti-Gang Unit in Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC) – US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) announced today that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will establish a full-time anti-gang unit in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Rep. Myrick wrote a letter to ICE Assistant Secretary John T. Morton in late-May requestinga permanent unit be placed in the region.

“I am thankful that Secretary Morton and ICE have decided to bring a full-time gang unit to our area,” said Rep. Myrick. “The temporary ICE gang unit that has worked with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to dismantle violent street gangs like MS-13 has been a great success. I’m hopeful that a permanent presence will build on this success to further disrupt the violent gang activities that threaten the safety of our citizens”.

In his letter to Rep. Myrick informing her of the plans for the new unit, Secretary Morton said that 70 transnational gang members have been arrested on civil immigration and criminal violations this year in Charlotte.

The unit is expected to be functional in the Charlotte metropolitan area by the end of this summer. ( 7/20/2009)

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