A Riley spokesman said the recent arrest of a sex offender staying at a FEMA trailer in Eufaula is an example of why they are needed.
According to a Thursday article in The Birmingham News, Riley said recent criticism of the background checks is misguided. Some opponents have argued the background checks violate the civil liberties of hurricane victims.
"I am not about to open up 400 or 500 travel trailers and have a sexual predator in there if I have the capacity or ability to keep it from happening," Riley said, according to The News. "It wasn't profiling. We did it with everyone within that community."
According to Mark Easterwood, director of Alabama's state parks, offenses that would disqualify an evacuee from housing included felony sex offenses, convictions for producing methamphetamines, drug trafficking within the last 10 years and felony drug convictions within the last three years.
HELP STOP THE WAR ON DRUGS FROM BECOMING A WAR ON HURRICANE VICTIMS
28 Oct 2005
By Drug Policy Alliance
Nearly three million people have been displaced from their homes because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Many have lost everything. Yet federal laws prohibit these victims from receiving welfare, food stamps, public housing, student loans and other benefits if they have a drug law conviction. People who have lost everything should not be denied public assistance just because they were convicted of a drug offense sometime in their past.