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Monday, May 26, 2008

Too Many Illegal Aliens Kill, Rape and Harm Honest Citizens...

Too Many Illegal Aliens Kill, Rape And Harm Honest Citizens...

The Bakersfield Californian story gives a litany of criminals who are illegal aliens reason enough to enforce our laws against those who hire illegal aliens. Enough of a story to remind us that criminals action beget criminal action. It is cheaper to STOP hiring illegal aliens, STOP benefits for them and to ENFORCE trespassing laws.

In the long run it is cheaper to deport criminal illegal aliens than keeping them in prison. Pedro Espinosa killed Jamiel Shaw, Jr. after being arrested numerous times by LA cops and sheriffs. Shaw would be alive today if the police had been allowed to do their job. Shaw is a victim of the politics of illegal aliens.



Local police, prosecutors don't worry whether suspects are illegal aliens

BY STEVEN MAYER, Californian staff writer
Saturday, May 24 2008 6:19 PM

When convicted murderer Juan Dedios Burboa was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the residents of California were sentenced, too, in a way.

When immigrants become criminals

Nationwide, ICE charged more than 164,000 convicted criminals with immigration violations last year.

Of those, approximately 95,000 immigrants with criminal histories were deported.

But that’s only a fraction of the total. The agency estimates that 300,000 to 450,000 convicted criminal aliens who are deportable are detained each year at federal, state and local prisons and jails.

ICE doesn’t break out statistics specific to Kern County, but in fiscal year 2007, the agency took action against more than 18,000 criminal aliens in Northern California, including Kern County.

This fiscal year, those numbers are on track to significantly surpass last year’s, said ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice.

Source: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The 29-year-old is a Mexican national, yet the entirety of his prison sentence — some 40 years if he lives to age 70 — will be served out in California prisons at the expense of California taxpayers.

Burboa was convicted in Kern County Superior Court for plotting to kidnap and kill a trio of Mexican drug runners and steal their shipment of crystal methamphetamine.

One of the drug runners was shot to death.

Even as the Golden State reels under a massive budget crisis fueled in part by a burgeoning prison population, there are tens of thousands of criminal aliens serving time on California’s dime.

Exactly how many are there? No one knows for sure.

Gordon Hinkle, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said the department does not know how many illegal immigrants are housed in the state’s prisons. They don’t ask inmates whether they are undocumented.

They do ask new prisoners what country they were born in, Hinkle said, but they don’t concern themselves specifically with the immigration status of convicts.

The situation is similar at the local level.

“We have no idea how many of our inmates are undocumented,” said Sgt. Ed Komin, a spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, which operates the county’s jail facilities.

Dig a little deeper, however, and you’ll find that a major federal effort is underway to identify criminal aliens — and deport those who meet the criteria for deportation.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, often referred to as ICE, was established in March 2003 as the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.

“The priority for us ... are state prisons,” said Erik Bonnar, the assistant field office director for removal efforts in Kern County.

“We screen everyone who goes through” the state prison system, he said.

But Bonnar also supervises two full-time employees who screen inmates in Kern County’s local jail system. The work in coordination with the sheriff’s department.

“They’re doing about 10 interviews a day,” Bonnar said. “We’re not getting 100 percent of aliens that pass through Kern County jails, but we’re getting the worst of the worst.”

The United States welcomes law-abiding immigrants, but foreign nationals who commit crimes in our communities will be targeted for deportation, Bonnar said.

Sgt. Komin said local law enforcement agencies are often reluctant to get involved in the arena of immigration enforcement.

“We want victims and witnesses who may be undocumented to feel free to come forward,” he said.

“The last thing we want is a rape victim being afraid to call us because she’s afraid of being deported.”

Bonnar said he’s heard that argument for years, but he pointed out that most of the people ICE is targeting are already in custody, already convicted of serious crimes.

Kern County District Attorney Ed Jagels said his prosecutors do not take into consideration whether a defendant is a legal or an illegal immigrant.

When a Lamont man with three prior drunken driving convictions was sentenced in April to 19 years to life in prison for climbing behind the wheel of a mini-van while drunk and slamming head-on into a car driven by a mother of two, the attorney who helped convict him said he didn’t know whether or not the defendant, Esteban Demecio Hernandez, was legal or not.

Hernandez’s probation report shows he is a citizen of Mexico and that he has had a Border Patrol hold placed on him at some time.

But nowhere in the report does it define his immigration status.

Jagels said law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and the courts ideally should be more aware and involved in identifying illegal immigrants in the system. But politically, it’s a hot potato.

“The climate in California is not amenable,” Jagels said.

Besides, even if a local law enforcement agency identifies an arrestee as someone who has entered the country illegally, what do they do with him?

“The Border Patrol won’t come out for that,” Jagels said.

Is it possible for an illegal or even a legal immigrant convicted of multiple DUIs — someone like Hernandez, for example — to remain in the United States with no attention from ICE or threat of deportation?

“Yes, that’s possible,” Bonnar said.

Drunken driving is not one of the offenses that can get a legal immigrant — an immigrant with a green card — deported, Bonnar said. And DUI offenders rarely come to the attention of ICE screeners because they don’t often do much jail time.

Ironically, driving with a suspended license is a different story.

“What’s funny with the law is that is a removable offense,” Bonnar added, “because it involves moral turpitude.”


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