Monday, January 10, 2005

Our policy on illegals is criminal - PittsburghLIVE.com

I thought this was an interesting commentary on illegals since I was on the subject today. Everybody else seems focused on the CBS cycle of denial and they are more knowledgeable than me on that particular issue. After all, no way can I compete with the likes of Powerline. The item of note on this particular article is this is Pittsburgh after all.
Excerpt:
In a recent raid, 27 illegal aliens were arrested, Morganelli said. "Not one was detained even though they had stolen identities. The county judge said they only were here to work. They were released one week after being picked up."

Even if they plead guilty, they usually spend no more than a week in jail, he said. A judge accepting their guilty pleas will issue a "determination of guilt" that essentially says they do not deserve to be punished. "If Immigration does not detain them, the illegals get letters telling them to show up for their hearings. If they show, they show. If they don't, they don't."

There also are 400,000 deportation orders issued nationally, but the whereabouts of the criminals are unknown, he said. "They had three months to get out of the country but they do not leave. They are roaming around in the country."

There are others roaming, too.

"In the last six months, 5,000 OTMs ("other than Mexicans") were stopped trying to enter this country, he said. "Many spoke Arabic languages. Others like them probably got in but we do not know where or when," Morganelli said.


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