Where despair meets hope
December 29, 2009
"Shooting, raping, stealing, breaking into people's houses, robbing stores. . . . I just don't like living in a neighborhood like this," says Tyler Moore, 11. "It feels scary." Prichard, Ala., is so impoverished that it shocks even two former gang members who come from L.A.'s toughest streets. Luis Colocio and Agustin Lizama from Homeboy Industries, a gang intervention program in Los Angeles, traveled to Alabama to mentor the children in Prichard and brought with them a sense of hope. NATION, A12-A13
VILLARAIGOSA LA RAZA MEX CRIME WAVE (for OBAMA THEY'RE JUST NEW VOTERS)
CALIFORNIA IS UNDER MEXICAN OCCUPATION!
THIS INVASION SUBSTANTIALLY BEGAN AFTER THE 1986 “AMNESTY” AND CONTINUES TO THIS DAY. IT IS AN INVASION BY INVITATION. THE LA RAZA LIFER-DEMS, FEINSTEIN, PELOSI, BOXER, WAXMAN, LOFGREN, ESHOO, HONDA, BACA, FARR, BECERRA, SANCHEZ SISTERS, WOULD NOT HAVE THEIR SEATS IF THEY DID NOT SERVICE BIG BUSINESS, AND KEEP WAGES DEPRESS WITH 38 MILLION ILLEGALS.
MEXICANS ARE CULTURALLY THE MOST VICIOUS, AND VIOLENT PEOPLE IN THE HEMISPHERE. MEXICAN GANGS HAVE SPREAD FROM LOS ANGELES, WHICH THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR CHARACTERIZES AS “MEXICAN GANG CAPITAL OF AMERICAN” TO ALL OVER THE STATE AND NOW COUNTRY. OUR BORDERS ARE LEFT OPEN FOR THE FLOW OF “CHEAP” LABOR, MEXICAN DRUGS, AND MEXICAN TERRORIST.
MEXICANS ARE CULTURALLY THE MOST RACIST IN THE HEMISPHERE. THE POLITICAL PART OF THE INVADERS IS LA RAZA…. “THE RACE”. IT FUNDED BY YOUR TAX DOLLARS, MEXICO (WE ARE MEXICO’S WELFARE SYSTEM), AND THE FORTUNE 500. ALL OF THE ABOVE POLITICIANS ARE ENDORSED BY LA RAZA.
IN CALIFORNIA ALONE THERE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 2,000 AMERICANS MURDERED BY ILLEGALS FROM MEXICO THAT FLED BACK TO MEXICO TO AVOID PROSECUTION. ASK FEINSTEIN, BOXER, PELOSI, WAXMAN AND LOFGREN ABOUT THAT WHEN THEY’RE PUSHING TO KEEP BORDERS OPEN!
Immigration teams arrest more criminal offenders IMMIGRATION TEAMS ARREST MORE CRIMINAL OFFENDERS
Associated Press November 4, 2009
By AMY TAXIN Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES--Immigration agents assigned to track down people who have ignored deportation orders have increasingly arrested immigrants with criminal records during the past year, new data show.
Data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement show a shift from the prior three years, when more than 70 percent of immigrants arrested by fugitive operations teams had no criminal histories.
About 45 percent of the 35,000 immigrants arrested by the teams during the 2009 fiscal year had criminal convictions. The figure is up from 23 percent during the prior year.
ICE has long claimed it focused on arresting immigrants with criminal convictions who ignored orders from immigration judges to leave the country.
But most people arrested had no criminal histories, which prompted outcries from immigrant rights groups.
ICE director John Morton said earlier this year the agency would focus on finding immigrants with criminal records or who have ignored deportation orders. However, he said other illegal immigrants would be arrested if they were present during the operations,
"The goal is to prevent crime rather than simply to respond to it," ICE spokesman Brandon Alvarez-Montgomery said.
One reason for the change is that agents are working more closely with local law enforcement to develop leads, ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said.
Immigrants rights advocates were skeptical of the numbers and wondered whether the data marked a real change in a program they have long criticized as a source of fear in immigrant neighborhoods.
It's unclear whether the Obama administration has shifted the program's focus or whether agents in some regions have just been more successful at finding criminals, said Carl Bergquist, a policy advocate for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights.
"I think the jury is still out," added Paromita Shah, associate director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.
Earlier this year, Morton also announced the fugitive teams would end the use of arrest quotas.
Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, said agents should have discretion about who they arrest, given what he considers the daunting task of finding more than 500,000 immigrants who have evaded deportation orders.
"They've got to start somewhere, and they look for people obviously that have national security issues as well as serious criminals," said Krikorian, whose organization favors stricter limits on immigration.
"As long as they're not sending the message that other illegal aliens will simply be let go, then I don't have a problem with it." he said.
Government Data Imply High Immigrant Crime Rates; Findings Contradict Older Research Showing Low Rates
PRNewswire November 19, 2009
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Center for Immigration Studies has published a detailed report on immigration and crime based on a variety of recently released data, including some obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. The newer government data implies that immigrants have relatively high rates of crime. This contradicts older academic research that generally found low rates of crime. The overall picture of immigrants and crime remains confused due to conflicting information and a lack of good data.
The report, "Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Conflicted Issue," by Steven Camarota and Jessica Vaughan, is online at http:// cis.org/ImmigrantCrime
Among the findings:
-- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that immigrants
(legal and illegal) comprise 20 percent of inmates in prisons and jails.
The foreign-born are 15.4 percent of the nation's adult population.
However, DHS has not provided a detailed explanation of how the
estimates were generated.
-- Under contract to DHS in 2004, Fentress, Inc. reviewed 8.1 million
inmate records from state prison systems and 45 large county jails. They
found that 22 percent of inmates were foreign-born. But the report did
not cover all of the nation's jails.
-- The 287(g) program and related efforts have found high rates of
illegal-alien incarceration in some communities. But it is unclear if
the communities are representative of the country:
-- Maricopa County, Ariz.: 22 percent of felons are illegal aliens;
-- Lake County, Ill.: 19 percent of jail inmates are illegal aliens;
-- Collier County, Fla.: 20 to 22 percent of jail inmates and arrestees
are illegal aliens;
-- Weld County, Colo.: 12.8 to 15.2 percent of those jailed are illegal
-- DHS states that it has identified 221,000 non-citizens in the nation's
jails. This equals 11 to 15 percent of the jail population. Non- citizens
are 8.6 percent of the nation's total adult population.
-- The Federal Bureau of Prisons reports that 26.4 percent of inmates in
federal prisons are non-citizens. However, federal prisons are not
representative of prisons generally or local jails.
-- Recent reports by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and
Immigration Policy Center (IPC) showing low rates of immigrant
incarceration highlight the data problems in many studies. The 2000
Census data they used are not reliable.
-- An analysis of the data used in the PPIC and IPC studies by the National
Research Council found that 53 percent of the time the Census Bureau had
to make an educated guess whether a prisoner was an immigrant. The
studies are essentially measuring these guesses, not actual immigrant
-- The poor quality of data used in the PPIC and IPC studies is illustrated
by wild and implausible swings. It shows a 28 percent decline in
incarcerated immigrants 1990 to 2000 -- yet the overall immigrant
population grew 59 percent. Newer Census data from 2007 show a 146
percent increase in immigrant incarceration 2000 to 2007 -- yet, the
overall immigrant population grew only 22 percent.
-- The "Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities"
shows that 8.1 percent of prisoners in state prisons are immigrants
(legal and illegal). However, the survey excludes jails and relies on
inmate self-identification, which is likely to understate the number of
-- In 2009, 57 percent of the 76 fugitive murderers most wanted by the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were foreign-born. It is likely
however that because immigrants can more readily flee to other
countries, they comprise a disproportionate share of fugitives.
-- Most studies comparing crime rates and immigration levels across cities
show no clear correlation between the immigrant share of a city's
population and its level of crime. This is one of the strongest
arguments that immigrants do not have high crime rates. However, such
studies generally measure only overall crime, not crimes specifically
committed by immigrants. Also, a 2009 analysis by DHS' Office of
Immigration Statistics found that crime rates were higher in
metropolitan areas that received large numbers of legal immigrants.
-- From 1998 to 2007, 816,000 criminal aliens were removed from the United
States because of a criminal charge or conviction. This is equal to
about one-fifth of the nation's total jail and prison population. These
figures do not include those removed for the lesser offense of living or
working in the country illegally. The removal and deportation of large
numbers of criminal aliens may reduce immigrant incarceration rates
because many will not return and re-offend, as is the case with many
-- Some have argued that the fall in overall national crime rates since the
early 1990s is evidence that immigration actually reduces crime.
However, overall crime rates are affected by many factors. Moreover, the
1970s and 1980s saw crime rates rise along with immigration levels.
-- Overall incarceration rates are also a poor means of examining the link
between immigration and crime. Since the 1970s, the share of the U.S.
population that is incarcerated has grown almost exactly in proportion
to the share of the population that is immigrant. But unless inmates can
be identified as immigrant or native-born this information sheds little
light on the issue of immigrant criminality.
The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent research institution that examines the impact of immigration on the United States.
SOURCE Center for Immigration Studies
L.A. gang member on Top 10 most wanted list captured
A suspect in a Hollywood shooting is arrested in Guatemala. The city crackdown on gangs yields 200 arrests.
By Patrick McGreevy and Richard Winton
Times Staff Writers
March 1, 2007
An 18th Street gang member on Los Angeles' Top 10 most wanted list of gangsters has been captured in Guatemala, authorities said Wednesday, the same day they announced that a recent crackdown on gangs has yielded more than 200 arrests in the San Fernando Valley and South L.A.
Angel Zevallos, an 18th Street Westside member known as "Spanky," was captured last Wednesday and deported by Guatemalan authorities to Texas, Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton said.
Zevallos, who has waived extradition in Texas, was set to be returned to Los Angeles today to face an attempted murder charge in connection with the Feb. 6, 2006, shooting and wounding of a security guard at the Buddha Bar in Hollywood.
"The capture of Angel Zevallos was truly a team effort," Bratton said. "It was impressive to see how quickly this all came together. Interpol inspectors, deputy U.S. marshals in the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala and LAPD detectives worked as if they were across the room, rather than across a continent."
Zevallos was on the list of most wanted gang fugitives announced last month by Los Angeles officials, who also named the 11 worst gangs as part of a law enforcement campaign to reduce gang violence, which increased 15.7% citywide last year.
Bratton on Wednesday said the effort so far was "going very well."
"Ultimately we are looking for two things," he said. "We are looking to reduce membership and we want to reduce violence by those 11 gangs. That's where we think there are indicators of success. Homicides are down. Shootings are down."
So far this year, city homicides were down from last year's 69 to 50 as of Tuesday.
Zevallos was captured after Chief Inspector Wilfredo Ramos, Interpol director in Guatemala, was tipped to his presence during an unrelated kidnapping investigation. The tipster described a tattooed man in Guatemala City who was bragging about a killing in Los Angeles.
The informant, Bratton said, supplied Zevallos' name and two photographs taken with a cellphone. Interpol confirmed that Zevallos, a Peruvian national, had been in Guatemala illegally since December 2006 and then contacted the LAPD. He was apprehended with the help of U.S. marshals based at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City.
Word of Zevallos' capture came as City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo on Wednesday announced a nuisance abatement action against the Baldwin Village apartment complex where one of the worst gangs, the Black P-Stones, had been staying.
"This will rid the Baldwin Village community of a hangout for Black P-Stones," said Delgadillo, who last month took a similar action against an Avenues gang hangout.
Bratton in recent weeks has redeployed more than 200 officers to the gang crackdown. The most obvious effect so far has been in the San Fernando Valley, where hundreds of arrests and stops have been made by a special gang task force of 50 officers who go into high-crime areas, including parts of Van Nuys and North Hollywood.
In the 13 days since the task force began operations, officers have made 259 pedestrian stops and 306 motorist stops as well as 143 misdemeanor arrests and 66 felony arrests for infractions such as narcotics sales and gun possession, Lt. John McMahon, who is in charge of the task force, said Wednesday. Officers also issued 149 traffic citations and seized six guns, he said.
The task force, McMahon said, "has given us the opportunity to take a group of officers who don't have a bunch of ancillary responsibilities, and have them focus on violent high-crime areas."
Bratton targeted the Valley because the greatest increase in Los Angeles gang-related crime occurred there last year, up 42% from the year before.
Another area with an increased police presence is Harbor Gateway, where one of the 11 targeted gangs — the 204th Street gang — operates. Members of the predominantly Latino gang are accused of killing a 14-year-old African American girl in a hate crime.
Deputy Chief Charles Beck said that at least 20 members of the gang have been arrested on suspicion of committing felonies in the last two weeks. Five of those were arrested on suspicion of killing one of their own out of fear that he was helping police.
Bratton said the effort to target the worst of the worst gang members, such as Zevallos, will require international coordination with the help of the U.S. Marshals Service.
"A lot of these people, we believe, are out of this country, and those not wanted for murder we have the ability to get back" because they won't face the death penalty, Bratton said.
Extraditing suspects who face death penalties from Central and South American countries as well as from Mexico is often difficult because those governments oppose capital punishment.
With Zevallos behind bars, Bratton on Wednesday replaced him on the most wanted list with Fernando Araujo, a 19-year-old alleged Canoga Park Alabama gang member who is wanted in connection with the Aug. 26, 2006, shooting of a college football player outside a youth center.
Bratton said the motive for the drive-by shooting was believed to be racial because witnesses said they heard racial slurs as shots were fired at the African American victim. Araujo also is implicated in a second drive-by shooting and is a material witness in another shooting, police said.