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TIJUANA, Mexico ? The two men are led out from cells deep inside the basement of “La Comandancia,” the city’s aging police headquarters.

They have shaven heads and a shaken look. Police officers order them to lift their shirts and show off their gang tattoos, which indicate they’re from San Jose, Calif. Both had just been deported from the United States, dropped off a few weeks earlier at the public gates of Tijuana.

On an old wooden table in front of them is a display of their loot, the result of a string of petty thefts victimizing Tijuana street vendors: a backpack, two makeshift knives, some coins along with a few packets of mints, gum and a bottle of perfume.

Law enforcement officials on both sides of the border are seeing a crime wave fueled by U.S. deportation policies, which dump busloads of criminal immigrants in large groups at border cities like Tijuana.

“Nobody saw this coming,” said Tijuana’s Mayor Kurt Honald, who has protested the dumping of criminals at the Tijuana gates. He says deportees have triggered a 300 percent rise in petty crime during the last year, as criminals raise money for a return to the U.S. Others join narcotics cartels and smuggling organizations to pay for their return.

“They just go right back to the United States. It’s a vicious cycle,” Honald warns.

U.S. Border Patrol agents don’t disagree. They say that apprehensions along the canyons that dot San Diego’s border backcountry are increasingly turning into confrontations, since criminals know their fingerprints will be run through a U.S. database.

“The criminals are the most determined to get back in,” said Border Patrol spokesman James Jacques, who works in the San Diego sector. “And once they realize that the cuffs are going on, then the fight’s on.”

An Orange County investigation has found that:

? Deporting criminals to Tijuana encourages their speedy return because they are dropped off close to the border, in a strange city that is closer to their adopted home than their birthplace.

? There is virtually no communication between U.S. officials deporting criminals and local law enforcement in Tijuana, who receive them. Mexican police say they seldom know whether the deportees ushered through the border gate were arrested for driving while intoxicated or served a prison term for rape or murder.

? Dumping criminals back into cities unable to absorb so many homeless, jobless new residents fuels a crime wave on both sides of the border, provides soldiers for criminal gangs and internationalizes criminal syndicates. Some deportees with no history of violent crime turn to it out of desperation.

Criminal deportees represent about one-third ? 84,652 in the year ended Sept. 30 ? of ICE formal deportations across the United States. And they are quickly becoming the leading category of deportee being processed by ICE. Under pressure from Congress to step up immigration enforcement, the Bush administration has expanded funding for a series of programs that seek to deport illegal immigrants out of a myriad of federal, state and local jails.

6 Responses to “Criminal Deportations Fuel Border Crime Wave”
  1. Pete Wilson Fan Club says:

    This would be a great job for Claudia and Enrique to go to TJ and work with these down trodden Mexicans. I mean damn, where is a better place to help these people but in their own country?

    CLAUDIA…ENRIQUE… Come forth in this holiday season and go help your people who really need it.

  2. K2 says:

    A better place would be the Cape Horn Straits. Load them all on garbage barges, tow em down, and cut them loose. Would be a waste of barges, but you cant have everything.

  3. Johnny says:

    I say build an immigration prison somewhere along the border. Or build a prison in each state that borders mexico.

    If you are caught here illegally in the United States you serve time. Building a prison for these cockroaches will make them think twice before coming here.

  4. Faye says:

    Merry Christmas, Senor Calderon!

  5. the marlboro man says:

    Johnny you got the right idea,put a TENT PRISON in each state that borders with MEDICO ,so they can see it from across the RIO GANDE .If they cross and are caught 6mo. in TENT CITY!!

  6. K2 says:

    I dunno. Don’t overestimate the “threat” of “jail” to many of these gate crashers. Put up a Tent “jail”, in view of the rio grande, and you are just as likely to attract a whole bunch, like moths to a flame. If they cannot get Remittance $$$- a gringo funded tent, bunk, toilets and 3 square a day sure as hell beats a lean-to colonia, with occasional armadillo road-kill for dinner. Or worse, staying in Mexico. Would have to include hard labor to be effective. Even then, they still get fed, housed, and you have to pay all medical expenses. A full metal jacket round is far more cost effective, and there are no mixed messages.

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