Archive for Saturday, March 11, 2006

Deportation the latest weapon against gangs

March 11, 2006


— Federal immigration officials and local police have tightened the net on violent gangs, making 2,388 arrests in the past year, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Friday.

Through the year-old Operation Community Shield, authorities said they're now deporting suspects they can't jail. If gang members evade criminal charges, officials can slap them with immigration offenses if they're in the country illegally, giving authorities a two-pronged approach to rid communities of troublemakers.

The operation compiled "wanted" lists using information from local authorities and immigration databases to identify gang members with outstanding warrants or past criminal or immigration violations. Of those arrested, 533 were charged with crimes, and the remaining 1,855 - almost 80 percent - were picked up on immigration charges.


shanefivedyes 12 years, 2 months ago

Plenty of facts? Still waiting and while your at it how about a better solution.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 2 months ago

Plenty of facts there. Are you disputing them?

Yes, it is a nice day. And glad to know you've survived the "virtual" attacks. You're one tough dude.

shanefivedyes 12 years, 2 months ago

After being repeatedly attacked by you, Im really doing well. Show me one fact in your above post. What a beautiful day we have in Lawrence.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 2 months ago

The result of these deporatations is that these gang members are sent to impoverished countries that aren't equipped to deal with the US's sweeping of this problem under the rug.

It's common among these gang members that they have spent almost their entire lives in the US, speak only English, and have no friends or family in the countries to which they are deported. Once there, they continue to live the only lifestyle they have ever known, in a country ill-equipped to deal with it. This is creating a wave of gang violence throughout Central America.

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