Nationwide Gang Sweep

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government says a law enforcement sweep through nearly two dozen cities has bagged more than 1,300 violent gang members over the last three months.

Federal authorities say of those arrested, more than 1,000 are in the country illegally.

Assistant Secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Julie Myers says foreign-born gang members have "worn out their welcome." She says the message to them is "good riddance."

According to the agency, the anti-gang initiative has resulted in thousands of criminal charges and more than 5,000 immigration-related charges. It say more than 100 gang leaders are among those arrested.

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