Monday, August 23, 2010

About Those "Gang-Related" Arrests

ICE announced last week they'd made 158 "gang-related" arrests in Utah, illegal immigrants with alleged ties to gang activity.  Yeah Freedom!  Except...

“We’ve gotten five or six of these gang cases in the past week, and I have three clients who have no criminal record,” said Aaron Tarin, an immigration attorney who is representing Salazar-Gomez. “They were not affiliated with gangs or participating in illegal activity, but they are being labeled as gang members because they have tattoos, usually that are completely unrelated to gang membership.”
The Trib reports that 65 of those 158 arrested had no criminal record.  This is a complete contradiction of ICE's stated policy to target the most dangerous offenders first.

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