A five-day law enforcement operation targeting suspected members of transnational gangs has reportedly resulted in the arrests of 22 men in Bolingbrook, Joliet, Glendale Heights and Melrose Park. Operation Community Shield, which partners local and state law enforcement officers with agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations unit, began the local effort on April 17. The arrestees, who range in age from 18 to 40, were being held today in ICE custody on administrative immigration charges, pending deportation, according to a prepared statement from the federal agency. ICE privacy policies prohibit releasing the names of persons arrested on administrative immigration charges. Transnational street gangs are targeted because they have significant numbers of foreign-born members and are frequently involved in human and contraband smuggling, immigration violations and other crimes with a connection to the border. As part of this effort, Homeland Securitys National Gang Unit identifies violent street gangs and develops intelligence on their membership, associates, criminal activities and international movements to deter, disrupt and dismantle gang operations. The latest roundup took in 18 Mexican nationals, two of whom were previously deported. Two other arrestees are from Guatemala, and one is from Ghana. Read the rest at Local men arrested in connection with transnational gang activity — Joliet news, photos and events — TribLocal.com Photos of gang tattoos from suspects arrested following a five-day law enforcement operation targeting alleged members of transnational gangs. A Vice Lords tattoo (left), and a Latin Kings tattoo. (ICE photos) Customs raids net 22 'transnational' gang members - chicagotribune.com As long as they will be hard working cheap labor, who cares! Thank you Washington!