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Monday, June 30, 2008

Somewhere, Dirty Harry is weeping bitterly

San Francisco -- home of fictional violence-purveyor Harry Callahan -- has a novel way of dealing with underage illegal immigrants caught dealing crack: The city gives them a free plane ride home. That way, they won't get deported and could theoretically return in the future. More from the Chronicle:

City officials say they are trying to balance their obligations under federal and state law with local court orders and San Francisco's policies aimed at protecting the rights of the young immigrants, who they say are often victims of exploitation.

Federal authorities counter that drug kingpins are indeed exploiting the immigrants, but that the city's stance allows them to get away with "gaming the system."

Hat Tip: Many thanks, You're A Mean Drunk R2D2!

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