A California Reader Remembers The Havoc Wreaked By “Unaccompanied Minors”
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Margaret Taft [e-mail
She and I both lived in
San Francisco during the 1970s. She was on the Board
of Supervisors and later became Mayor. I was a
juvenile Probation Officer. She knows all about criminal
adults claiming to be refugee teenagers and the
organized crime groups that bring these alleged minors
into the country.
In 1973 there was a burst
of Mainland Chinese
gang activity in every area of the country with a
Chinese community. Because San Francisco has such a
large Chinese population, we got the worst of
it. Adults passing as minors brought into the country
gangsters committed all the violence. This was not
juvenile delinquency; these were soldiers.
The two dominant gangs were
the Wah Ching and the
Joe Boys. They were the enforcers for drug and human
smugglers, extortionists, pimps, enforcers and
executioners that preyed on the Chinese in San Francisco
and Northern California.
The bosses of the Joe Boys and Wah
Ching would approach a Chinese couple to tell them to
claim that they had left a son in China. The couple
would be ordered on pain of death and destruction of
their business to take this person into their home and
support him, cook for him, buy him clothes, lend him
their car and their daughters.
criminals claimed to be teenagers, they had to
attend high school. The Wah Ching and Joe Boys never
caused trouble in school, but most of them carried guns
and drove stolen luxury cars.
Soon there was
war between the Joe Boys and the Wah Ching. They had
machine guns, mortars and military weapons.
The most spectacular crime was the
Golden Dragon restaurant massacre. Five innocent
bystanders including two tourists were killed.
In light of the long history of
fraud, any future unaccompanied minors should at least
be given a through medical exam to ensure that they are
The parents who claim them should
also be thoroughly checked out by a
DNA test to be sure that the refugee is actually