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GANG LAND
Michelle Malkin ^ | Mar. 02, 2005 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 03/02/2005 8:34:04 AM PST by JustAnotherSavage

GANG LAND By Michelle Malkin · March 02, 2005 10:32 AM

First Lady Laura Bush is leading a warm-and-fuzzy youth initiative to discourage young boys and men from joining gangs.

But as I report in my new column today, it's going to take a hell of a lot more than Kodak photo-ops to combat the criminal alien gang problem spreading across the country:

With all due respect to the First Lady, this is a job best left to law enforcement professionals willing to get tough, get dirty, and crack heads. From the suburbs to our national forests, savage criminal alien gangs are infiltrating America and luring young recruits.

Compassionate conservatism ain't gonna stop them.

As many law enforcement sources have been informing me, native gangs such as the Bloods and Crips have nothing on the recent wave of criminal alien enterprises settling across the heartland. Recent enforcement action in New York demonstrates the scope of the problem. Last month in New York, 41 criminal aliens with felony convictions were arrested by immigration and customs enforcement (ICE) agents on a single day as part of a joint public safety initiative between ICE and the U.S. Probation Office of the Eastern District of New York.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the aliens arrested in New York — half of whom were here illegally—include citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Trinidad, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela. The operation targeted criminal aliens with prior felony convictions for "murder, firearms trafficking, drug trafficking, money laundering, racketeering, fraud, false statements, receipt of stolen property, producing false identity documents, copyright infringement and other federal felonies."

A related ICE operation in Chicago targeted violent Hispanic gangs. Over the past five years, ICE agents on Chicago’s Violent Gang Task Force have arrested more than 375 known alien gang members.

As I've been reporting in previous columns and on the blog, the most notorious criminal alien gang on the scene is Mara Salvatrucha/MS-13. They're on the border, in the suburbs, and now...in our national forests. Earlier this week, I spoke with Siskiyou County, Calif., sheriff Rick Riggins, who has uncovered massive marijuana farms in our federal forests . Riggins reports that the Mexican Mafia and MS-13 paraphernalia have been discovered on the scene.

My conclusion: The solution lies with increased federal-local cooperation, aggressive deportation, and uncompromising immigration enforcement, not with piddly anti-gang/"conflict resolution" grants doled out by the First Lady.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aliens; borders; criminals; gangs; immigration; mexico; michellemalkin; ms13
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To: JustAnotherSavage

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21 posted on 03/02/2005 9:02:55 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Reading is fundamental. Comprehension is optional.)
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To: Ramcat

I am no expert, but these gangs have "codes" and all sorts of messages, so I wouldn't be surprised. There is another article up today about how very young kids, 10 years old are recruited.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1354282/posts?page=1


22 posted on 03/02/2005 9:04:55 AM PST by JustAnotherSavage ("We are all sinners. But jerks revel in their sins." PJ O'Rourke)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

"The beauty part is the "Supremes" decision about the death penalty for teenagers."

It wouldn't have helped if the gang banger was Mexican, since we honor their laws of NO DEATH PENALTY.


23 posted on 03/02/2005 9:06:26 AM PST by JustAnotherSavage ("We are all sinners. But jerks revel in their sins." PJ O'Rourke)
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To: Czar; Red6; F16Fighter

FYI


24 posted on 03/02/2005 9:18:06 AM PST by JustAnotherSavage ("We are all sinners. But jerks revel in their sins." PJ O'Rourke)
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To: SweetPilotofCanuckistan
They were afraid you would eventually end up becoming a citizen and voting Republican.

Illegals who are willing to vote Democrat immediately are welcomed. ;)

25 posted on 03/02/2005 9:28:28 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves
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To: SweetPilotofCanuckistan

A hard working Canadian girl with a Bachelor's degree can come to America legally can't she? Perhaps not to work in the armed forces, don't know those rules.

But you are so correct, there is something wrong with an immigration policy that allows illegal entry of every lowlife when their own country doesn't want them due to crime. Sickening.


26 posted on 03/02/2005 9:29:41 AM PST by ozarkgirl
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To: JustAnotherSavage

Thanks for this and other pings related to the illegal immigration disaster.

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27 posted on 03/02/2005 9:31:33 AM PST by viaveritasvita (The Grace of God has appeared, bringing Salvation to all men. Titus 2:11)
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To: JustAnotherSavage
"Operations are spearheaded by various Latino gangs, one being the powerful, well armed MS-13 gang that began in El Salvador. Sheriff Riggins stated that his biggest problem in combating this scourge is his office being labeled, 'racist'."

I believe Sheriff Riggins.

The Politically Correct Brownshirters -- the ACLU and their proxies -- the Courts and both U.S. Houses by virtue of "Hate Crime" legislation -- has crippled U.S. Law Enforcement.

And I wonder how the DoJ would react to KKK, Skinheads, and White Supremicists overrunning cities and towns across the country spreading drugs, murder, and mayhem throughout America?

Again -- Homeland Security, the DoJ, AND the Bush Administration is negligent in protecting it's OWN citizenry.

The irony is not lost when one looks at the committment, conviction, resources, and energy spent for Afghan and Iraqi "security."

28 posted on 03/02/2005 9:35:59 AM PST by F16Fighter
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To: SweetPilotofCanuckistan

Sounds like you wouldn't cause any problems for the taxpayers. Get yourself a police record and sneak over the border.


29 posted on 03/02/2005 9:39:23 AM PST by monkeywrench
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To: SweetPilotofCanuckistan

I remember your posting a few weeks ago, evidently you've had no luck. Yes, there is something very wrong with our immigration policy. Two of the gang bangers mentioned in the above article were from well know Mexican crime families, but they got green cards. I am left with the observation that green cards are given out willy nilly to those from south of the border. I'm so sorry you are not part of this country!


30 posted on 03/02/2005 9:58:38 AM PST by JustAnotherSavage ("We are all sinners. But jerks revel in their sins." PJ O'Rourke)
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To: JustAnotherSavage

How do you know they don't? There is a huge special coming up on FNC about how LE is attacking this problem.


31 posted on 03/02/2005 9:59:39 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach

Because local law enforcement says Homeland security won't help,(in the articles) they are only interested in "terrorists". Call a few of them, they'll tell you.


32 posted on 03/02/2005 10:02:46 AM PST by JustAnotherSavage ("We are all sinners. But jerks revel in their sins." PJ O'Rourke)
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To: JustAnotherSavage

Well then, what are the people who are so worried about this going to do about it? How about writing some letters to the editor, calling your local police department, writing letters to Congress, etc. Let's not just complain about stuff...get active.


33 posted on 03/02/2005 10:03:52 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: JustAnotherSavage

And just as an aside, I would take a few people who are quoted anonymously seriously. I'd be completely shocked if Homeland Security wasn't aware of this problem and finding ways to address it.


34 posted on 03/02/2005 10:04:31 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: JustAnotherSavage; All

I heard that Fox News is having a special program on gangs. It's supposed to be hosted by Newt Gingrich. Can anyone confirm? I didn't find it listed on their web site.


35 posted on 03/02/2005 10:29:16 AM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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Seems like it will be as effective as "Just say NO" You would have to remove them from the home environment to do any good at all


36 posted on 03/02/2005 10:33:30 AM PST by Bogtrotter52 (Singin' the blues with a smarmy Irish smile)
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To: JustAnotherSavage
Not much usually gets fixed without a ground swell of public opinion for or against one thing or another. The politicians care about their cushy jobs more than anything else. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. As the nation continues to voice its opinion against illegal immigration and answers to our porous borders, the good time Charlie's will come rolling in singing to the beat of the band. The president recognizes the problem with the border, his ability to change his stance to conform to an evolving tide of public opinion depends on us. We need to support him without fear of offering alternatives to any initial solutions. I love this president, he's not perfect, but he is honest, he has done one hell of a job so far, and has our best intentions at heart. Lets help him, and not feed the appeasers on the left their lunch by how we go about helping him. We can fix the border, together.
37 posted on 03/02/2005 10:38:02 AM PST by TheForceOfOne (Social Security I thought pyramid schemes were illegal!)
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To: Peach

"Well then, what are the people who are so worried about this going to do about it? How about writing some letters to the editor, calling your local police department, writing letters to Congress, etc. Let's not just complain about stuff...get active."

That's what were doing here. This is not a social club for me.


38 posted on 03/02/2005 10:39:20 AM PST by JustAnotherSavage ("We are all sinners. But jerks revel in their sins." PJ O'Rourke)
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To: TheForceOfOne

"We can fix the border, together."

I agree. But that "together" means some input from the feds, not just the BLM or forest service, which is all the help offered so far.


39 posted on 03/02/2005 10:41:28 AM PST by JustAnotherSavage ("We are all sinners. But jerks revel in their sins." PJ O'Rourke)
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To: JustAnotherSavage

Where is the line between a criminal gang that crosses international borders, then proceeds to rape, mutilate, kill and rob citizens, and terrorists? ANY widespread criminal activity that serves to intimidate and threaten law-abiding citizens is by its very definition terrorist.

A gang made up of members who have fled their own country, and has reconstituted its objective in another country, is every bit as much a terrorist organization as young men that left Saudi Arabia for Iraq and Afghanistan, and subsequently went into a third country with great mischief in mind.

Homeland Security should be making this sort of activity a much higher priority than has been done up to now. Local police can do the necessary groundwork in locating and capturing these outlaws, but then once captured, the necessary support to ensure these gangsters are NEVER again a threat to the locality should be provided.


40 posted on 03/02/2005 10:43:57 AM PST by alloysteel ("Master of the painfully obvious.....")
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