Federal policies let dangerous immigrants stay in the U.S.

Published on November 1st, 2014

Joe Guzzardi
November 1, 2014
As seen in:
The Lodi News-Sentinel

The Obama administration’s unwillingness to enforce even the most basic immigration laws has again had fatal consequences. On Oct. 24, during a six-hour rampage, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte shot three Northern California Sheriff’s deputies and killed two of them.

U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice said that Monroy-Bracamonte’s fingerprints match those of a Mexican national who had been deported in 1997 after a drug conviction in Arizona. In 2001, Monroy-Bracamonte was deported again for an unspecified crime.

Monroy-Bracamonte is charged with two counts each of murder, attempted murder and carjacking. The suspect’s wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, was also arrested Friday and charged with carjacking as well as attempted murder.

The victims are Deputy Danny Oliver, a 15-year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office who leaves a wife and two children, and Placer County Sheriff’s Detective Michael David Davis.

Marcelo Marquez, the alias Monroy-Bracamonte provided to law enforcement officers, recently came to California from Salt Lake City. A database search of Utah court records under Marcelo Marquez’s name uncovered 10 citations for misdemeanor traffic offenses and small claims filings for unpaid debts.

Sadly, stories like this are common. In August, two Mexican aliens shot and killed Javier Vega Jr., an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent who had served in the U.S. Marine Corps, in front of his family while they were on a fishing vacation. Each of the aliens had been deported and unlawfully returned numerous times. A second illegal entry is a felony offense.

In May, alien Raul Silva Corona, driving with a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, killed veteran Arizona Police Officer Brandon Mendoza during a head-on collision after speeding in the wrong direction on the freeway for 35 miles. Ten years ago, Corona pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy, yet he was still in the U.S., and working as a gardener.

These senseless deaths are the logical consequence of the federal government’s catch-and-release policy which shows a craven disregard for immigration enforcement and public safety. Deportations from the interior are plunging at the same time that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is releasing criminal aliens from detention centers.

ICE deported about 258,608 aliens between the start of the budget year October 2013 and July 28 this summer. During the same period a year earlier, it removed 320,167 people, meaning a decrease this year of nearly 20 percent. Fewer than 10,000 criminals were deported in April 2014, the lowest total since 2009.

Last year, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Immigration Studies which analyzes immigration trends, ICE freed 36,007 aliens convicted of nearly 90,000 crimes including homicide, sexual assault, theft, kidnapping and driving under the influence. The released illegal aliens now roam freely in unsuspecting U.S. neighborhoods. Of note is that the majority of those freed from ICE custody were discretionary, which means their release wasn’t mandated by law.

This indicates that freeing known criminals is part of the Obama administration’s broader amnesty policy, in which he favors letting illegal aliens live outside detention centers while waiting years for their cases to be heard in immigration courts — assuming they show up for their scheduled date.

Joe Guzzardi retired from the Lodi Unified School District in 2008. Contact him at [email protected].

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