2002 November 01 Friday
Michelle Malkin: Lee Malvo Release INS SOP

Michelle Malkin reports that its Immigration and Naturalization Service standard operating procedure to release criminal illegal aliens rather than hold them until they are deported:

In September, Maximiliano Silerio Esparza, an illegal alien from El Salvador, was indicted on charges of brutally raping two nuns who were praying on a walking path in Klamath Falls, Ore., and then strangling one of them to death with her own rosary beads.

Esparza was detained twice earlier this year by the U.S. Border Patrol, but was released both times. According to the Oregonian, Esparza was let loose under INS's cost-saving catch-and-release policy. He previously served time in jail in California, had been arrested later in Portland on drug charges, and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest at the time of the alleged rapes and murder.

Federal law mandates that immigration authorities detain criminal aliens with extensive rap sheets such as Esparza's until their deportation outside the United States. But following INS "standard procedure," Esparza was set free in violation of the law.

Read the full article for several other examples of the fruits of this policy.Tens of thousands of criminal aliens are released back onto the street every year. You can find previous posts on immigration issues here.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2002 November 01 06:25 PM  Immigration Law Enforcement


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