Reporter - Tom McNamara

Jul 25, 2014 11:32 PM

American-grown gangs fuel border crisis

Academic researcher Al Valdez was in El Salvador's capital city two years ago watching bewildered deportees from America step onto the tarmac. The plane was full of undocumented immigrants sent back because of their criminal records, he said, including some gang members. A nun gave each one a banana or an aspirin, and told them they were free to leave.

There was no one offering to help rehabilitate them into Salvadoran society.

"I was disturbed. They were simply repatriated back into their country," said Valdez, the author of books on Southern California gangs and a former supervisor with the Orange County District Attorney's gang unit.

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