Gang Activity Now a Focus for Immigration Agents When Walter Alberto Torres, a Salvadoran immigrant and a gang member, confessed in October 2009 that he had unsuccessfully plotted the assassination of an immigration agent in New York City, the admission touched off more than just his prosecution. James T. Hayes Jr. leads the immigration investigations unit. In the weeks that followed, immigration authorities, working with other law enforcement agencies, conducted raids on suspected hide-outs of Mr. Torress gang, La Mara Salvatrucha 13, an international network of violent cliques with a growing presence in New York City and its suburbs. And that offensive intended in part, officials said, to signal that the government would not tolerate attacks on its officers was only the beginning for the New York office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In the months since, agents in the offices investigative division have expanded their dragnet far beyond La Mara Salvatrucha and across the region, from Ulster County in the Hudson Valley to eastern Long Island. From October 2009 through September, they arrested 285 suspects they said were gang members or close associates a record for the office and a fivefold increase over the same period the previous year. The surge, which has unfolded with little public notice, coincided with the arrival of James T. Hayes Jr., who became the special agent in charge of the investigations division several weeks before Mr. Torres confessed to the murder plot. Read the rest at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/10/nyregion/10gangs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hpw -------------------------------------------------------------- How many "immigration activists" hide this ugly truth. The Latino gangs in the US are being helped by any efforts to legalize criminals from Latin America. Only military action by the US against their base in Mexico will wake up America to the stench of Latin American corruption that has invaded the US.