Illegal immigrants avoiding trial by choosing deportation?

Hundreds of defendants awaiting trial for violent crimes in Dallas County have been deported by federal immigration officials and then set free in their home countries.

The practice goes back to at least 1991 and includes the release of murder, kidnapping and child rape suspects. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say they’re required to deport illegal immigrants quickly but are now in talks with local agencies who are trying to resolve the problem.

Across Texas and the nation, defendants post bail and are immediately taken to immigration facilities, where they volunteer to be deported. Just how often this happens isn’t clear…

Those who post bail and agree to then be sent home are taking advantage of the system to escape justice, said Terri Moore, top assistant to District Attorney Craig Watkins…

An investigator with the Dallas County district attorney’s office found nearly 1,000 illegal immigrants who were not tried for crimes they were accused of. He said most were deported by immigration officials before they could stand trial. But many were never arrested. The cases go back to 1991 and don’t include all cases in the DA’s office.

Murder 128

Attempted murder 18

Manslaughter 16

Negligent homicide 3

Child abuse 409

Sexual assault 54

Aggravated assault 307

Aggravated robbery, kidnapping, other 49

I suppose if I ask – no one knows how many return after a while?

11 thoughts on “Illegal immigrants avoiding trial by choosing deportation?

  1. Cinaedh says:

    Apparently stopping them from getting into the country in the first place is not a viable option and it never was a viable option, was it?

    We wouldn’t want to see the price of fruit and vegetables go up a few cents – or agri-business profits go down a few cents a share – now would we?

  2. Mr. Fusion says:

    Up the anti a bit. Increase the bail so when they skip town the county gets to keep it. That will be a little more encouragement for bounty hunters to bring ’em back.

  3. Morey says:

    I suppose if I ask – no one knows how many return after a while?

    I see that you are slipping away from thinking happy thoughts. I will send Igor to give you a shot.

  4. E Trams says:

    I wonder how many illegal aliens were accused because someone knew they were illegal and had another motive. For each time the real perp, if it was a real crime, got away.

  5. E Trams says:

    Oh, I was meant to add, if false police reports were filed will the filer face charges?

    Correctly applied, due process may have even proven the illegal alien wasn’t illegal in the first place. Doesn’t the petitioner/plantiff have to appear in court or at least a representative for a not guilty plea to be changed? Again, no real crime proven in this scenario either.

    • Mr. Fusion says:

      Please, read the article first. We aren’t talking about trumped up charges here, this is about those who are charged with a crime and flee the country.

      Since 90% of those charged with a crime end up pleading guilty, it would be reasonable to assume that a similar number here would be guilty too.

      And yes, in a criminal trial every person charged must appear before a Judge EXCEPT for some minor charges where an appearance for a later date is stipulated. If you fail to appear you will have your bail revoked. You may not appear by representative.

      There is never any “real crime” proven until the case goes to trial or the charged pleads guilty.

  6. E Trams says:

    Regarding the real perps still on the streets: it is sad to think that the illegal alien that was not illegal to begin with could suffer at the hands of an incompetent, criminal Judge. For as a lender who was not illegal never meant the accusing borrower had to pay back the loan. But then it becomes obvious as to why the, real illegal, borrowing/accuser or representative thereof didn’t bother to appear before the incompetent Judge.

    Later add some rogue, unqualified to practice law attorney to the mix and the twice falsely accused really got a deal…unpaid debt, two perps still on the streets, and an “illegal” reputation void of civil rights!

    • Mr. Fusion says:

      Instead of fantasizing about imaginary cases, why not focus on real cases where those charged with heinous crimes have fled the country.

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