“Nobody saw this coming […] They just go right back to the United States. It’s a vicious cycle.”
That was Tijuana Mayor Kurt Honald, quoted by The Register as they continue their series on crime and immigration. Mayor Honald has protested the increasingly common practice of US officials deporting immigrant criminals to Tijuana, and he claims that “deportees” have triggered a 300% rise in petty crime during the last year, as criminals raise money to return to the US. So wait…Hold on a moment. What’s happening as these immigrants are being left in Tijuana?
What are the results of this “criminal dumping”? Let’s see, The Register found that deporting criminals to Tijuana encourages their speedy return because they are dropped off near the border, in a strange city that is closer to their adopted home than their birthplace. Also, there’s virtually no communication between U.S. officials deporting criminals and local law enforcement in Tijuana, who receive them. Mexican police say they seldom know whether the deportees were arrested for driving while intoxicated or served a prison term for rape or murder.
So what ends up happening? The Register found that dumping criminals back into cities unable to absorb all these homeless, unemployed new residents fuels more crime on both sides of the border. Some deportees with no history of violent crime desperately resort to that.
So what do you think about this? Are US authorities doing the right thing here? Or are we unfairly dumping part of our “crime problem” on Tijuana? I want to hear what you have to say about all this immigrant criminal dumping.
Go ahead and have your say.