Illegal Immigration Issues Make Their Way to New England

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The arrest of suspected gang members sounds like your average crime. But in this case, federal immigration officials were the ones making the criminal rounds.

The AP reports that 47 individuals have been taken into custody from Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut and Rhode Island because of their alleged ties to gang-related activities. A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson told the wire service that the individuals histories were linked to egregious decisions ranging from petty car jackings to attempted murder.

The massive sting was in operation for three months and will now be put in the hands of immigration judges. Since the suspects are not legal U.S. citizens, they can be deported within the next 10 days.