Dumping Illegal Immigrant Drug Dealers in San Bernardino County
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Early last month, in an effort to shield juvenile Honduran drug dealers from federal immigration officials, the City of San Francisco sent them to a youth rehabilitation center in San Bernardino County. The plan failed when the youths escaped within days of their arrival.
The County of San Bernardino is exploring the legal option of recouping all law enforcement and probation costs from the City of San Francisco, suing them if necessary. The County is further looking into the practice, by the city’s probation department, of failing to notify affected jurisdictions with the specifics and particulars of the offenders being sent to local facilities, a clear violation of state law.
Until recently, San Francisco was flying illegal immigrant juveniles, 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 San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper originally reported it.
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 drug dealers in long-term youth group home facilities in other areas of the state. Some of these group home centers are run by a not-for-profit company called Silverlake Youth Services, which has a facility in Yucaipa.
In early July, five Honduran juveniles who had been convicted of dealing drugs in San Francisco were sent to Silverlake Youth Services group home facility in Yucaipa. Within 10 days all had fled. One was recently recaptured in San Francisco and the other escapees are believed to be there as well. Last year, San Francisco sent four illegal immigrant juvenile offenders from El Salvador to the same Silverlake home in Yucaipa. All four escaped within three weeks.
In the past two weeks, in response, The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution admonishing the City of San Francisco for dumping illegal immigrant drug dealers in a youth home in San Bernardino County. The County seeks to recover law enforcement and probation costs as well as require notification of impending actions and a catalogue of previous ones. It has written San Francisco asking for an accounting, for the past 12 months, of wards sent to our County. I have also written Attorney General Jerry Brown asking him to investigate this matter and take appropriate action.
Provisions of the resolution include:
WHEREAS, the City and County of San Francisco has sustained the reckless and irresponsible practice of exporting potentially dangerous illegal alien drug dealers to the County of San Bernardino for placement in private group homes without any notice to the San Bernardino County Probation Department as required by law, and
WHEREAS, such practice not only poses a significant risk to the health, safety and welfare of the good citizens of this County but arguably provides asylum to illegal aliens by shielding them from federal law and authorities, and
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Bernardino is vigorously opposed to the practice of protecting dangerous illegal aliens from federal law enforcement and is especially opposed to being considered a “sanctuary” for this purpose, and
WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the County that appropriate county and law enforcement officials be made aware of the identities of those persons being placed within the County in order that law enforcement be informed for the safety of the public, and
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Bernardino is requesting the history of past placements, notification of future placements, and is also exploring the option of recouping all law enforcement and probation costs from the City and County of San Francisco.
NOW THEREFORE, the Board resolves as follows:
The Board will monitor adherence to our Resolution to make sure the City of San Francisco follows to the letter, the requirements and provisions of the Resolution.
- That the City and County of San Francisco immediately cease and desist from placing any illegal aliens, juvenile or adult, in the County of San Bernardino.
- That the City and County of San Francisco comply with California Welfare and Institutions Code section 740 and provide the required notice to the County Probation Department prior to placement of any minor adjudged to be a ward of the Court.
Community Clean Up
On July 12, my staff and County Code Enforcement staff, conducted a highly successful community cleanup in Chino. Over 147 vehicles participated and 33.25 tons of material was collected. That is approximately seven trash trucks full. Included in the trash received was three tons of tires recycled, 8.25 tons of metal recycled, one ton of e-waste recycled and 3.75 tons of green waste. 32 % of the collected material was diverted from the landfill.
Thanks to my staff and County staff along with additional help provided by Waste Management and Clean Earth-Recycling for making the day a success.
The next community clean up will be August 16, 2008 at Howard Elementary School in Montclair, from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For further information, contact my District Office at (909) 465-1895.
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