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Thank you, San Francisco: 8 illegal alien crack dealers on the loose

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By Michelle Malkin  •  July 1, 2008 09:35 AM

Un-freaking-believable. Jaxon Van Derbeken at the SFChronicle follows up on his weekend report exposing how San Francisco operated a special tax-funded shuttle service for illegal alien Honduran drug lords to protect the poor “youths” from federal immigration officials. Now, we learn that when the city was told to stop flying the illegal immigrant drug offenders home to escape prosecution and formal deportation and permanent bars from US citizenship, they instead sent the “youths” to southern California group homes–from which they easily escaped:

Until recently, San Francisco flew juvenile illegal immigrants convicted of drug crimes to their home countries rather than cooperate with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, a practice that drew national attention when The Chronicle reported it Sunday.

When federal law enforcement authorities demanded that San Francisco halt the flights and began a criminal investigation, the city decided to house some of the dealers in long-term youth rehabilitation centers. Some of those centers are run by a nonprofitcompany called Silverlake
Youth Services in mountain towns southeast of San Bernardino.

Eight Honduran juveniles who had been convicted of dealing drugs in San Francisco were sent within the past few weeks to the company’s group homes, where one month’s placement costs $7,000 per youth – an expense borne by San Francisco taxpayers.

Within 10 days of being sent to the unlocked group homes, however, all eight youths ran away, said Bill Siffermann, head of juvenile probation in San Francisco. He said his agency has issued arrest warrants for them.

Siffermann said the city has stopped sending juvenile offenders to Silverlake because of the escapes. “We have now eliminated that as a prospect,” he said, adding that San Francisco is trying to come up with an approach for handling the juveniles that does not involve giving them to federal immigration authorities.

Wait, there’s more:

The eight were among dozens of young Honduran illegal immigrants who have been arrested in San Francisco in recent years for dealing drugs. Police said many of the Hondurans – some of whom they believe are actually adults – live communally in other local cities at the behest of drug lords, who finance their travel here and threaten to kill their families if they cooperate with law enforcement.

Officials say at least 22 illegal immigrants are being held at the city’s juvenile hall.
San Francisco sent four illegal immigrant juvenile offenders from El Salvador and elsewhere to the Silverlake home in Yucaipa last year. All four escaped within three weeks, San Bernardino County authorities said.

And where is San Fran Nan Pelosi on all of this? Exactly where the Dems have been on illegal alien sanctuary policies the past 30 years: turning blind eyes and deaf ears to the willful undermining of our safety and sovereignty.

Yesterday, I reminded you of the story of Erlan Colindres. I suggest every member of Congress, starting with Nancy Pelosi, get up to speed before it happens again.

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