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Hurricane Katrina Evacuees

Many states have welcomed Hurricane Katrina evacuees with open arms.

Some of the host states want to know who it is they are actually welcoming, and what is their history.

In West Virginia, two evacuees have already been arrested for charges relating to sexual assault and two others were identified as illegal immigrants and subsequently deported. Many more have criminal records.

The head of West Virginia’s evacuee effort says he cannot vouch for the hurricane victims, but expects background checks on all of them would have been done.

He understands that various evacuees with varying backgrounds need assistance, and that includes ones with criminal pasts.

Only about one percent of the 315 people who came into West Virginia actually had some form of identification which makes it more difficult to check backgrounds.


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