Friday, August 27, 2010

Deporting Criminals

Not. John Morton, the lying head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement claims that ICE's priority is deporting dangerous criminals. That is why he is refusing to arrest other illegal aliens and is dismissing charges against already arrested illegal aliens. He is making room for the "really dangerous criminal illegal aliens."

That is a lie. A plain and simple lie. Celso Campo-Duartes is proof of that:

In 2005, Mexican national, Celso Campo-Duartes was arrested after he ran over an elderly man in Gwinnet County, Georgia. The man eventually died from his injuries.

The 83-year-old man was getting his mail when he was hit. After the accident, he spent the next few months in a hospital bed where he died. Last week, the family of Aubrey Sosebee, the man killed in the hit-and-run, was notified that Campo-Duartes had been arrested again on a probation violation. They were shocked, as they believed the illegal alien had been deported. Gary Sosebee, the man’s son, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution: “He shouldn’t have even been on the road, let alone this country…What’s he still doing in this country? That’s what we want to know.”

Campo-Duartes spent a little over two years in the Gwinnet County Detention Center after he was charged in October 2005 with serious injury by vehicle, driving without a license, driving without insurance, and having a tag from another vehicle on his car. He could not afford bail.

Initially, Campo-Duartes refused to enter a gulty plea and sat for 26 months behind bars, awaiting trial.

While he was in jail, Campo-Duartes wrote to Superior Court Judge Timothy Hamill, and explained that he had a wife, three children and an elderly mother for whom he provides. He claimed that because of his incarceration, his family lost their home and was starving.

In January 2008, Campo-Duarte negotiated a plea to a charge of failure to stop at or return to the scene of an accident. He was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of probation, and released with time served.

And then he was was not deported.

In August 2009, he was arrested for driving without a license and released on the same day on $760 bond.

He was not deported. John Morton says such criminals are one of his priorities. Obviously not. Very obviously not, since this is not the end of the story:

Two months later, he was arrested again on the same charge, but this time, Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed an immigration hold on him.

But ICE did not deport him:

However, Campo-Duarte was somehow released eight days later.

In May 2010, Campo-Duartes was arrested again and charged with disorderly conduct and driving without a license. He has been held without bond.

Perhaps he will be deported, but we don't know if he had felony or misdemeanor convictions. If they are misdemeanors, he will get out scott free. Not much punishment for killing a man.

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