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Sex offender diaspora: 2000 evacuees in 30 states

More than two thousand Katrina evacuees are registered sex offenders. That number is based only a match between the names of offenders and the names of those who applied for disaster assistance. From this:

...[Wade Horn, assistant secretary for children and families at the Department of Health and Human Services] wrote the nation's 50 governors in late November to alert them to the new search they could undertake with FEMA, and the process they were to use.
"I am greatly concerned that known sex offenders who may have relocated to your State may take advantage of their anonymity and harm children once again," Horn wrote in a letter to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas.
The letter indicated that Texas law enforcement officials had already done a cross-check, and that it was the only state at that time which had.
Federal authorities told Texas of 304 known sex offenders who had relocated to the state, of which they know of 14 who have registered and provided contact information to law enforcement, said Jerry Strickland, spokesman for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott...

It's a double-fallout: from both bad Bush administration policy and bad "liberalism". Someone at FEMA or another agency should have figured this out before and during the diaspora.
And, see "ACLU opposed background checks on evacuees" and "Milwaukee NAACP offended by evacuee background checks".
And, from September: "Many refugees have arrest records".
Perhaps worst of all, see "DHS official opposed background checks on evacuees".

Davis might subpoena WH, DHS, HHS, state documents

From this:

The Republican chairman of a House panel investigating the response to Hurricane Katrina threatened Wednesday to issue subpoenas for documents if the White House and other agencies don't provide them by Nov. 18.
Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia made the commitment after a Louisiana Democrat, Charlie Melancon, pointed out the panel still hadn't seen some documents it requested more than a month ago. The original request pertains to the White House, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services and the states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Davis said there had been a significant response from the White House, Alabama and Mississippi and that the Department of Homeland Security had assured him it would provide documents within a week.
...The committee made its initial request in late September and set a due date for Oct. 4. Some of those documents have been provided, including a few pertaining to budget issues and e-mails between former Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown and Homeland Security headquarters.
However, Melancon said most of the key documents are missing _ including anything involving Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and correspondence between federal agencies. Louisiana has indicated it will provide documents but has requested an extension, Melancon's office said.

From a week ago: "House Panel complains administration dragging feet on document request".

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