Here is yet another CREATED agency that under OBAMA’s administration’s direction has gone rogue.
This is a TREASONOUS organization.
Janet Napolitano is the head of it and there should be an extensive investigation TOP – DOWN!
ICE Helps Illegal Immigrant Escape Justice In Colorado:
The Homeland Security agency that freed the illegal immigrant felon who recently killed a Virginia nun has helped an undocumented alien escape justice for robbing an elderly man in Colorado.
It marks the second time in a few months that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) makes headlines for failing to do its principle job of protecting the border and removing illegal foreigners, especially violent ones who have served time for crimes.
In the Colorado case, ICE shielded a Mexican felony defendant by flying him toTexas and escorting him south of the border after he jumped bail. The illegal immigrant had been charged with stealing a trailer from an 81-year-old man inJefferson County, which is located on the western edge of Denver in the scenicRocky Mountains. He faced up to a dozen years in prison.
Outraged Jefferson County prosecutors say that ICE was “complicit” in the illegal immigrant’s “escape from justice.” Adding to the indignation is the fact that the agency didn’t bother telling local authorities that their defendant was escorted home. They found out when the illegal immigrant, Damacio Torres-Ochoa, didn’t show up for an October court hearing.
“This kind of sticks in our craw,” Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey told a local newspaper, adding that he’s “had enough” of the federal big leaguing in local criminal cases. Colorado makes it easy for illegal immigrants charged with crimes to flee because the state passed a law in 2007 that exempts bond companies from forfeiture when suspects leave the country.
That doesn’t diminish the role ICE played in helping this illegal immigrant escape justice, however. Ironically, the agency failed to deport an illegal alien with an extensive criminal record who had been arrested and released on his own recognizance. That guy, a Bolivian with a revoked license and several drunk-driving arrests, got behind the wheel intoxicated and killed a nun in Virginia a few months ago.
See both articles below:
Jeffco DA angry that ICE helped trailer-theft suspect return to Mexico:
An illegal immigrant charged with stealing an 81-year-old Wheat Ridge man’s trailer fled the country with unusual accomplices: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
“They are complicit in his escape from justice,” Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey said Wednesday of the federal agency’s role in helping Damacio Torres- Ochoa, 33, leave the country.
According to Storey, ICE flew the felony defendant to El Paso, Texas, on Oct. 19 and walked him across the border to freedom.
Storey didn’t learn what had happened until Torres-Ochoa failed to appear at a Monday court hearing. He was facing up to 12 years in prison.
“I pretty much have had enough of this,” Storey said. “This kind of sticks in our craw.”
Other things that contributed to Torres-Ochoa’s release included a judge dropping his bond — a loophole created for bail bond companies by the Colorado legislature when illegal immigrants skip bail — and bad communication between federal and state lawmen. Storey vowed to attack each problem.
After he “self-deported,” Torres- Ochoa’s bail was raised to $250,000 in cash, Storey said.
The case began Feb. 24 after Robert Joseph Wallace, 81, ran outside when he heard someone stealing his trailer. Torres-Ochoa allegedly was towing the trailer away when Wallace shot his alleged accomplice, Alvaro Cardona, 28, in the face, blinding him and causing a serious brain injury.
Wallace was charged in the shooting, and months later, Torres-Ochoa and Cardona were charged with theft from an at-risk victim.
Storey asked for a high bail because Torres-Ochoa was in the country illegally and was considered a flight risk. Bail was set at $100,000. Jefferson County Judge Thomas Vance later dropped the bail to $27,500, Storey said.
Torres-Ochoa’s sister put up her house as collateral, and Rosalie Montoya of Reliable Bail Bonds put up the bond on Oct. 4, Storey said. But because ICE had a hold on Torres-Ochoa, ICE picked him up two days later and held him until he was transported to Texas.
ICE initiated deportation against Torres-Ochoa without notifying Jefferson County officials. ICE officials could not be reached for comment.
Wallace pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of attempted reckless manslaughter and illegal discharge of a firearm into an occupied motor vehicle.
Cardona has been deemed incompetent to stand trial.
Although Torres-Ochoa skipped bail, Reliable Bail Bonds likely won’t forfeit the bond because the Colorado legislature passed a measure in 2007 in which bond companies were exempt from forfeiture when suspects flee the country.
Three years ago, when the legislature passed the exemption, Storey wrote a letter to county and district presiding judges asking them to make sure that bails were set high in such cases because of the flight risk with illegal immigrants.
Storey spokeswoman Pam Russell said ICE doesn’t have enough space to hold offenders indefinitely and routinely deports offenders.
“There is a way around this thing,” Storey said.
He said the Jefferson County jail could hold ICE detainees under contract. He has asked jailers to notify him when ICE takes custody of offenders in the future.
“I guarantee you, they don’t stay across the border,” he said. “They come back under a different identification.”
Illustrating the government’s derelict when it comes to immigration enforcement, a drunken illegal alien with a criminal history killed a nun in Virginia because federal authorities released him on his own recognizance after two previous arrests.
The tragic event occurred a few days ago in Prince William County, which is part of the Washington Metropolitan area with a population of around 400,000. The intoxicated illegal immigrant (Carlos Montano) from Bolivia had a revoked licenseand had been arrested before on drunken-driving charges. His car crossed a median and slammed into a vehicle carrying three nuns. One died and two were critically injured.
Montano was awaiting a deportation ruling and had been released by federal authorities on his own recognizance, despite an extensive criminal record. He has twice been charged with drunken driving and has been arrested in separate incidents for other traffic-related offenses. Local police say he was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after at least one arrest.
Officials at ICE, the Homeland Security agency charged with protecting the border and removing illegal foreigners from the U.S., admit that Montano was released in 2008 pending an immigration judge’s review of his case. Two years later, no ruling had been issued, ICE officials say, so the felonious illegal alien remained free.
Calling the crash a “terrible thing,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has requested an investigation amid public outrage over the tragedy. However, her agency firmly defends the Obama Administration’s great record of “identifying and removing criminal aliens who pose a threat to public safety.” The victims in this case may not agree with that assessment.
Neither does the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee, who says this “appalling case” underscores the importance of immigration enforcement and the potential dangers in the Obama Administration’s policy of selective amnesty. The administration has a secret backup plan to grant illegal immigrants amnesty in case Congress doesn’t pass legislation to do it, according to an internal memo exposed this week.
Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident. Nationwide, illegal immigrants with criminal records are regularly released—rather than deported—and many have committed atrocious crimes after numerous encounters with law enforcement. In the last few years alone illegal immigrants with extensive rap sheets have murdered law enforcement officers in Arizona, Texas and Utah and countless others have killed or otherwise victimized innocent civilians throughout the nation, including California, Maryland and New Jersey.
Earlier this year, an illegal immigrant with a lengthy criminal record and multiple deportation orders murdered a small-town sheriff deputy in west central Utah. The officer, a 37-year-old mother of two young children, was shot by the Mexican illegal alien during a traffic stop. The illegal immigrant’s criminal record includes guilty pleas to charges ranging from felony drug possession to receiving stolen property and various weapons counts. He had been deported three times yet remained in theU.S.