Deep Gulasekaram spoke with the San Francisco Chronicle about police statements that a South American crime syndicate is perpetrating thefts targeting wealthy Bay Area communities.

There is no real public safety rationale for identifying a perpetrator group by their immigration status, Santa Clara University School of Law Professor Pratheepan Gulasekaram said, “unless your goal is to either reduce immigration to the United States, or for some reason you’re interested in stoking xenophobia or anti-foreigner bias.”