What has surprised me, and that is not an easy thing to do, is that about half of the evacuees have criminal records! In one state, a third of them were found to have FELONY Convictions!
WHAT THE HELL!
No really, what the F... was going on in that city? I know that Mardi Gras is a blast, but come on. There is absolutely NO excuse for this.
Every slum in this country needs to be broken up and its population scattered. It is really for the best. People are trapped in these areas and just assume that the whole country is like their neighborhood. They grew up in high crime areas and this type of activity does not faze them. The police cannot effectively fight crime when half the population in the area is a threat to the law and order of a modern society.
The news harped on the rapes and violence in the Superdome and the Convention Center. Well guess what, with so many people with criminal records, the crime wave that New Orleans accepted was evacuated to the Convention Center and the Superdome with all the residents.
It makes sense really. You have a son who has had a couple run-ins with the police. You know that your son 'did wrong' but you have the opinion that the police are picking on him unfairly when there are more serious criminals that they should be after than bothering with your boy. There goes the trust that they should have in the police. Add a couple white policemen in a black neighborhood (read: Rodney King) and you have created a community where criminal activity will flourish.
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 Middletown, a community just north of Newport, several evacuees shrugged at the prospect of background checks and said they understood the state's desire to learn more about them.
“I would like to know if there's any skeletons in the closet with my neighbors or the community,” said one refugee, 38-year-old Carmen Williams.
Utah housed more than 600 refugees from Katrina at Camp Williams. Now all but about 100 of those refugees have either gone out of state, or found housing in a Utah community.
If there are no evacuees from Rita, governor huntsman says Utah plans to close the camp Williams evacuee center by next Tuesday. Most of the 100 or so evacuees still living there want to stay in Utah, and will be helped to find housing in the community.
States Checking Refugees' Rap Sheets - The Day
Utah Ready To Take Rita Evacuees If Needed - KUTV.com