A recent report, which is otherwise worthless, by the Justice Policy Institute,indicates that between 1999 and 2004, Wake County saw a 5,743.3 percent increase in gang membership. During the same period, the city of Durham saw a 333.3 percent increase. One of the most violent and powerful gangs currently operating in North Carolina is MS-13. According to federal investigators, approximately 90 percent of MS-13 members are illegal immigrants. Not only does North Carolina need to begin facilitating the deportation of such gang members — as the state is finally beginning to do — we also need to make sure that criminal illegal aliens don’t return.
Indeed, according to Sheriff Jim Pendergraph (D-Mecklenburg County), one-third, but probably more, of illegals return after being arrested and deported. Even more astonishing is that some criminal illegal aliens are using the expedited removal program to get a free ride back home. Notes a recent report by the Majority Staff of the House Committee on Homeland Security:
The foreign nationals who belong to these gangs often ignore Federal immigration laws, regularly entering the United States illegally. They then travel to the nation’s interior cities to join with other gang members and participate in criminal activity. A Federal investigator told Committee staff of a recent interview he conducted with an MS-13 member who described the ease with which he had routinely traversed the Southwest border. The gang member decided to return to his native country of Guatemala to spend Christmas with his mother. To save his own money, he voluntarily turned himself into authorities and was flown home at U.S. Government expense under the expedited removal program, spent the holidays with his family, and returned by illegally crossing the Southwest border. The gang member boasted this process is so easy he has repeated it several times.
Three Words: Secure the Border