Innocents die while politicians lie

Article subtitle: 
Tom Tancredo spotlights death toll of illegal-alien killers not referred to ICE
Article author: 
Tom Tancredo
Article publisher: 
World Net Daily
Article date: 
24 May 2015
Article category: 
Colorado News
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...A month ago, a bill in the [Colorado] state legislature proposed to prohibit any local law enforcement agency from cooperating with ICE by honoring official requests for “detainers” on illegal aliens already in custody. A detainer allows ICE a few days to interrogate the person and determine both true identity and eligibility for federal detention and possible deportation.

Now, local sheriffs already have the authority to say no to ICE detainer requests, and sadly, most Colorado sheriffs are now doing just that... The new law would have removed all local discretion and made non-cooperation a matter of state law.
Are you ready for the kicker? Nine Republican state representatives voted for that anti-enforcement bill and helped it win passage in the lower chamber. Luckily, it died in the state Senate.
We all know that the vast majority of illegal aliens are not committing serious crimes, but that is not the point. The point is that our politicians are no longer helping prosecute and deport those who do. In fact, there is a “gentlemen’s agreement” among politicians and the media to under report and underplay illegal alien crime – because they do not want to “stigmatize” immigrants. So, the public has no idea the amount of crime that stems from open borders.
This conspiracy of silence was in full flower in 2008 when a 23-year-old illegal alien male, Francis Hernandez, killed three people in a traffic accident in a Denver suburb, one a 3-year-old boy who was the child of legal immigrants. Hernandez was arrested, convicted on 19 counts and sentenced to 60 years in prison.
...Those three deaths – and thousands of others – would not have happened if states had been actively cooperating with the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws...
Hernandez had been arrested 16 times, had 11 aliases, served jail time twice and had never possessed a valid driver’s license. But over the five-year period of those 16 arrests, he had never been referred to ICE by local law enforcement. Why not? Denver and Aurora are among the cities that brag about being “immigrant friendly,” so they would have been guilty of the horrible practice of “profiling” if they had asked ICE to look at the man’s immigration status..
Have we learned any lessons from such tragedies? Apparently not. Under Obama’s new “Priority Enforcement” policies, even serial DUIs do not make an illegal alien eligible for deportation. Only “violent crimes” result in deportation – sometimes.
The silence of our law enforcement community in the face of this excess of political correctness is scandalous, but the pandering to lawlessness by our elected officials is worse. It will surely have a day of reckoning...