Friday, September 23, 2005

ACLU and refugee watch

In The Simpsons episode "Homer's Enemy", Bart buys a dilapidated factory for a $1 at an auction. Later, it collapses and the hordes of refugee rats crawl into Moe's Tavern. In the real world, up to one million Louisiana evacuees are scattering across the country. The bulk are from the New Orleans metro area, and they are running into trouble. Perhaps, more appropriately, I should say trouble is running into the cities that are taking them in. In Rhode Island:

State police did criminal background checks on every refugee and found that more than half had a criminal arrest records--

That is a high number, considering that only about one-fifth of US residents have a criminal background of some sort. But crime in the West envelopes a host of things not overtly threatening, like recreational drug use, jaywalking, or public defecation. Here's the kicker:
--a third for felonies.
The felony rate in the Ocean State is roughly 3%. So the indigents being admitted are around eleven times more likely to have committed violent crime than are Rhode Island natives. It seems commonsensical that gracious hosts willing to put people up on their own buck should be able to at least know who it is they are taking in. The public safety is at risk and prudence is being applied, so it is no surprise that the ACLU has appeared on the scene, interjecting accusations of white racism in an incendiary manner:
Civil libertarians call the checks thinly veiled race and class discrimination against people who have suffered already.
What tripe. When poor blacks are mixed with any other demographic segment, the other is virtually guaranteed to suffer. In fact, blacks are 39 times more likely to commit violent crimes against whites than viceversa, and as much as 250 times as likely to commit multiple perpetrator crimes against whites than viceversa (more than one offender attacking the victim in a gang). Rhode Island is 82% white. Further, these refugees are coming from America's most murderous city with a litany of gravely concerning problems. An ACLU drone spit out this miasma:
"I think it's happening partly because who these people are and where they came from," said Steve Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island ACLU. "The mere fact that people have past criminal records in and of itself doesn't say anything about harm to the community."
You have to be kidding me. I suppose the fact that the criminal recidivism rate for prisoners is 67% in the US "doesn't say anything". The anarchical melee in New Orleans following Katrina in contrast to the stable resolve in more affluent areas nakedly brought the stark differences in human populations into everyone's living room--the race aggressors had to hastily turn yet more evidence of blacks threatening whites around to appear as if whites were threatening blacks, claiming that Bush, the media, and kitchen sink were plotting to destroy New Orleans' poor colored people.

Obviously most people who have literally had their lives ripped asunder are decent people who need a helping hand and a place to stay. No one should ever rely on the government to provide anything for them, most especially physical protection. But this country is too humane to leave them out to dry for their failings, and America's generosity is admirable. If there is a silver lining here, it is that the concentration of pathological criminals are no longer concentrated in America's cesspool. Being disparately dispersed across the country will probably make them less dangerous.

Here are what some other states are dealing with:

In South Carolina, state police checked every evacuee flown there by the government. Of 547 people checked, 301 had criminal records, according to Robert Stewart, state Law Enforcement Division Chief.

The state police in West Virginia said roughly half of the nearly 350 Katrina victims evacuated by the government to that state had criminal records, and 22 percent have a history of committing a violent crime.

In Massachusetts, where about 200 evacuees were flown to a military base on Cape Cod, criminal background checks turned up six sex offenders and one man wanted for rape in Louisiana.

In Texas, with more than 300,000 refugees, local officials have run 20,000 criminal background checks on evacuees, as well as the relief workers helping them and people who have opened up their homes.

In Tennessee, police checked every federal evacuee flown to Knoxville and found outstanding warrants for two people in Louisiana - but Louisiana did not want to extradite them.

The rats have been flushed out. Why would the Bayou want them back?

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