Thursday, November 11, 2010

Double Standard

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have decided to prosecute a German citizen who illegally voted and made a false claim to U.S citizenship. (h/t No Pasaran)

SIOUX CITY - A former Morningside College student faces federal charges for allegedly falsely claiming U.S. citizenship so he could vote, documents state.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Sioux City announced Thursday that Christopher Mettin, of Germany, was being held without bond following an appearance Oct. 29 in U.S. District Court in Sioux City.

Mettin, 19, was indicted Oct. 21 for falsely claiming U.S. citizenship in order to register to vote and an additional count of falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mettin allegedly checked a box on a voter registration form claiming he was a U.S. citizen on Sept. 8 while attempting to register to vote in the state of Iowa. He allegedly repeated that false claim on Oct. 12 while being questioned by agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The U.S. Attorney's Office contends Mettin is a German citizen, not an American citizen, who entered the country Aug. 18 on an F-1 student visa to attend class at Morningside College in Sioux City.

Morningside College spokesman Rick Wollman said Mettin enrolled at the college as a freshman this fall. However, he said Mettin was no longer a Morningside student as of Oct. 6 for failing to maintain his status. Wollman said he couldn't disclose what caused the former student to lose his status.

If convicted as charged, Mettin faces up to eight years in prison, a $500,000 fine and four years of supervised release following any prison sentence.

According to a Dakota County Jail official, Mettin was being held Thursday at the facility in Dakota City, Neb., on a hold for the U.S. Marshal's Service.

That is very unusual, as the routine practice of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), ICE and DOJ is to ignore illegal voting by aliens in the United States, especially if you are not white. Christopher Mettin is being criminally prosecuted, but illegal voters of color, like Joseph Joseph, are given citizenship instead of criminal prosecution or deportation.

But Ms. Cassin and other immigrant advocates said the agency was being too strict. The advocates pointed out that, in some cases, immigration judges had relied upon the same evidence to rule against deportation that immigration officials had used to deny citizenship.

In eight New York cases that Ms. Cassin recalled, none of the immigrants were deported, and all were able to maintain their permanent residency. In one, she said, the client’s application for naturalization was reopened and eventually approved.

There we have it, a white alien is criminally prosecuted for the same crime committed by non-white aliens. Why does the DOJ and DHS have this double standard?

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