Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Juarez Mayor: Release immigrant criminals to their homes, not at the border

The Juarez Mayor says US deportation policies are making it harder to rein in violent drug cartels in that violence-plagued city. At a high-level border security conference in El Paso, according to the EP Times:

Juárez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz said Tuesday that dumping thousands of U.S.-jailed criminals from Mexico in his violence-torn city worsens an already bad situation.

He said the U.S. government empties its jails and deports 7,000 criminals each year to Juárez.

"They need to be sent to Mexico City and distributed back to their communities," Ferriz said Tuesday at the Border Security Conference at the University of Texas at El Paso.

I'm all for deporting immigrant felons, but for the sake of Juarez (and its sister city El Paso), it makes a lot of sense to pony up for the 2 hour flight to Mexico City when deporting criminals. Otherwise, we dump them off right where they can most easily make their way back into the United States or else hook up immediately in the drug trade.

Indeed, I'd have a lot more confidence in the tactic (proposed most recently in California) of saving money by deporting immigrant prisoners if by treaty we had an arrangement with the Mexican government to provide a period of community supervision on their return. Even if we had to pay for the service it'd be cheaper than incarceration. Otherwise, it's still pretty easy via coyotes to get back into the US, if they care to, and deportation becomes a get-out-of-jail free card.

Meanwhile, I've not seen much coverage at all of the trip by Obama, Napolitano, and the new drug czar to Mexico over the weekend, who met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Guadalajara to discuss Latin American issues. Thankfully, the El Paso Times has been providing good coverage of a US-side conference held in Sun City in its aftermath. See here:
  • Homeland security chief Janet Napolitano: US to punish employers, too
  • Juárez mayor criticizes deportations
  • Juárez mayor: Military patrols in violence-torn town to end next month
  • Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announces $30 million for border security
  • Rethinking strategy key to battling drugs
  • Border czar praises Merida Initiative on first day of Border Security Conference
  • Billions on border: Security, drug war to be debated at conference
  • Border to take center stage today at conference
  • 1 comment:

    Brittanicus said...

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