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San Francisco Giving Crack-Dealing Immigrants Free Airfare

What do you get when you enter the US illegally, sell crack, and then claim to be a juvenile? If you're in San Francisco, you get free airfare home. Citing the city's status as a sanctuary city, juvenile probation officials are protecting Hondurans caught selling crack from federal deportation by giving them a city-paid flight home with no restrictions on returning.

The practice has prompted a federal criminal investigation to see if San Francisco has been systematically circumventing US immigration law. A spokesman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says, "our job is to uphold the nation's immigration laws. Although San Francisco is a sanctuary city, it's a problem whenever someone attempts to evade the law. . . . Our law does not allow us to turn a blind eye to any individual who has come into this country illegally." To see how SF has become a travel agency,


When arrested, those caught routinely say they are minors, though police suspect otherwise citing full beard growth among other distinctions. Despite this, city authorities usually suspect their stories and send the cases to Juvenile Court, where proceedings are often shielded from public scrutiny. Instead of deporting the drug offenders, authorities have been recommending that Juvenile Court judges approve city-paid flights home to Honduras with the goal of reuniting the alleged "youths" with their families.

The city-funded Hotwire has some hopping mad. The US attorney in charge of the San Francisco area, said he was "flabbergasted that the taxpayers' money was being spent for the purpose of ferrying detainees home. You have to have a perfect storm of dumb moves to have it happen. . . . What we're facing is a number of people gaming the system." Some offenders have been arrested four or five times.

There is no official word as to how many juvenile drug offenders have been flown out of the country or how much the city has spent on the effort.


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Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
gitsie: He's a traitor because he is thwarting the eforcement of federal law. He's facilitating drug trafficking by allowing these criminals to go free. He's engaging in human trafficking by sending these thugs back to become repeat offenders.
gitsie123 gitsie123 8 years
think Mayor Newsome should be charged as a traitor and a co-conspirator, with drug and human trafficking charges thrown in. huh?
stiletta stiletta 8 years
It's like San Francisco wants to be hated by the rest of the country.
lovelie lovelie 8 years
I can understand why they may see at as more cost efficient to just ship them back home...instead of housing them in detention facilities for an indefinite amount of time...but to not put any type of restrictions on their return...or even keep track of them? It is basically keeping the door open for their return.
piper23 piper23 8 years
Thanks for the English lesson.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
yes i know it's a sanctuary city... that's what i'm trying to say. i'm not asking if they are or not. that sentence is in the form of a logical proposition: if ___, then ___.
piper23 piper23 8 years
There's no IF about it, San Francisco IS a sanctuary city. I'm just trying to point out how hypocritical the city is. They open the doors to the ones they want and send back the ones they don't.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
if SF is a sanctuary city then the illegal immigration bit is off the table, piper. it's that simple. i'm not saying i agree with what they did - i'm just trying to unravel the issue and understand WHY they did it.
piper23 piper23 8 years
I don't agree with that, YY. They've already committed a crime. They have entered the country ILLEGALLY. So what you're saying is that its the type of crime that could get you kicked out, which is IMO hypocritical. If you're going to be a sanctuary city, then you should have to take the consequences that come with that. What if you give sanctuary to a family and they stay in your city for decades, then the father of said family sells crack and gets caught - do you deport him at that point? or is it only the newbies that get the boot?
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
this is so stupid. but it's also really complicated. if you read the article it looks like SF is caught in a catch 22. if they follow the city's laws, they can't send juveniles convicted on drug charges to the youth authority, but they also can't send them to the feds because SF is a sanctuary city. so they decide to send them back to their home country. this part makes sense. however, because they don't get the feds involved, the kids can return because the city of san francisco most likely has no authority to restrict them from re-entering the country. i can understand the sanctuary city debate and see where SF is coming from, but all bets should be off if someone commits a crime. at that point the federal government should be notified and the criminals should move through the system like any other illegal immigrant - when they commit a crime they lose the benefits of living in a sanctuary city.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
pop and nica, i think it's : s i c k : :sick: :)
piper23 piper23 8 years
Why are they sending them back? I thought San Francisco was a sanctuary city. If that's the case then they should be welcomed to stay there. Crack or no crack. San Francisco opened the doors to these people and now because of a little crack they are going to send them back. That's so hypocritical. Its like saying "come to San Francisco where the rules don't apply to us." then when the poor illegal alien crack dealers get there, they bust them and then send them home. If I were an illegal alien crack dealer I'd be pretty ticked with San Francisco because that's false advertising. And if I were a resident of San Francisco I'd be pretty ticked that my money was funding airline travel for repeat illegal alien crack dealers.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
This is wrong on so many levels. They are aiding and abetting the escape out of the country of felons. If this were a person, their A$s would be grass.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
Hypno: I appreciate your sympathy for these poor kids from Honduras. However, what about the poor American kids to whom they're selling crack? IMO the city officials of San Francisco would do anything they could, even at the cost of their own citizens, to thumb their noses at the feds. I think Mayor Newsome should be charged as a traitor and a co-conspirator, with drug and human trafficking charges thrown in.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
You know, I've always wanted to see Costa Rica. If I purchased crack, turned myself in and told them I was from Costa Rica, I think I just got myself some free air fare!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
nica you are so right! Lou Dobbs must beloving every second of this. I can't watch his show anymore. I find him kinda preachy and self-rightous. When his show starts, I reach for the remote.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I see your point JazzZ but for me it's not even about the money it’s about the law. IMO if we can come up with billions upon billions and then some for a war than we can come up with it for anything else we need. I will say though that most of them would be sent back anyway however under the terms and conditions of the Federal Bureau of Immigration not the City of San Francisco. This is one point IMO where the city has clearly stepped over the line in its game of chicken with Federal immigration laws.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
If the alternative to sending them home on the tax payers' dollar is holding them in San Francisco's Juvenille Detention Center where tax dollars will be used to feed, house and guard them for an undefined period of time, I believe the latter would ultimately be more costly. I think they should send them back so they aren't filling up our Detention Centers, but with the caviat they are never allowed back into our country....and find a way to offset that cost so their country absorbs it in the end.
wren1 wren1 8 years
We're paying for one way of the drug run? I almost wish I didn't know about this in a way. Meanwhile, we have tons of homeless, people w/o day care, health care, blah blah blah. So not cool.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I read about this over the weekend and was completely baffled. If you're selling crack, why wouldn't there be restrictions on returning? I don't get this at all.
nicachica nicachica 8 years
:rotfl: Pop, how is that image not the sexiest thing imaginable???
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Oh forget it.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Honestly, nica, I am not going to be able to get that image out of my head and I need to be able to sleep tonight :vomit:
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