Portraying them as violent criminals swept up during a gang crackdown, the federal government sent at least seven undocumented teenagers from their homes in New York to a high-security detention center in Yolo County. But the head of that facility says his agency could not verify the gang allegations and pushed to have the boys released to less-restrictive facilities.
Brent Cardall, chief probation officer for Yolo County and head of its juvenile detention facility, said federal immigration and local law enforcement agencies are required to provide evidence of the gang affiliation within 30 days of an undocumented minor arriving at the facility. He said they had failed to do so in most of the cases of young men detained as part of a
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