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A California Reader Remembers The Rodney King Riots, And The Deportations That DIDN'T Happen Afterwards
Re: James Fulford’s article Gun Control—Like Immigration Law, Enforced Only Against Those Who Obey It
I was there—a friend had a retail shop near Pico and Robertson that I was installing cabinets in when the riot began. We immediately switched from installing cabinets to boarding up windows and retrieving guns.
I believe most of the captured looters and property destroyers were released with no charges filed, and many of the alien arrestees went on to get citizenship and voting rights.
I bet some of the arrestees have even since become public officials.
"At a Cabinet meeting today, Attorney General William P. Barr said nearly one-third of the first 6,000 [Los Angeles] riot suspects arrested and processed through the court system were illegal aliens, according to a senior Administration official. Barr has not proposed any special effort to have them deported, a Justice Department spokesman said."
—Washington Post, May 6, 1992