Informants in drug busts say federal officials often cut them loose
or deport them, rather than help them get residency in the U.S. as
promised when they risked their necks in the first place, an investigation
by the L.A. Times finds. Though some of those thousands of snitches get
sent back to areas run by the same cartels they've ratted out, U.S.
officials say that in a post-9/11 world, they're just watching out for
"Law enforcement can't operate without them, but does
that mean you want them to be citizens?" - former Atty. Gen. Stephen Trott, now a judge.