Jon Reimer 10:30 a.m., Feb. 13
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BORDER NEWS TRANSLATIONS 2: The Revolving Door
Sol de Tijuana reported Federal Deputy Francisco Vega de Lamadrid stated if the Mexican Government does not provide additional funding and proactive resources to a program for social reintegration, about 19,000 ex-convicts repatriated from the U.S. are likely to join the ranks of organized crime.
He said it is necessary is to implement a review process to determine the nationality, extent of danger and even the type of addiction the person might possess. “In this way we can channel them into a Federal, State, and even Municipal supported institution, because many of them”, he argued, “are being recruited by organized crime, since there is no control by the authorities”.
The regional director of operations of the Office of Immigration and Customs enforcement (ICE), Tim Robbins, reported that during 2009 and 2010 the ICE identified about 48,000 undocumented offenders, of which approximately 24,000 have been deported, the rest are pending sentencing or are awaiting hearings or trials. He said his agency has a priority of identifying and deporting illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes in the U.S., such as murder and armed assault.
This is why the Deputy Francisco Vega de Lamadrid urged the authorities to receive them and phase their reintegration. Receiving a person with a minor traffic offense is not the same as one who was deported for serious crimes.
"There has to be follow-up with such individuals in a professional rehabilitation center, or offer them employment opportunities", he said. He concluded that despite appeals made to the Executive Branch, “they still do not say anything”.