Jewish World Review Oct. 30, 2002 / 24 Mar-Cheshvan, 5763
INS: Just following "standard procedure"
Immigration and Naturalization Service officials told the Washington
Times this week that the fatally flawed release of illegal alien sniper
suspect Lee Malvo from federal custody in January 2002 "followed
For once, these INS bureaucrats are telling you the truth.
The INS-along with the immigration court system, which is a separate
fiefdom administered by the Executive Office for Immigration Review in
Falls Church, Va.--routinely ignores its laws, policies, and front-line
employees' best judgment on detaining and deporting immigration outlaws.
You know: Standard procedure.
- 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, Oregon-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 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 rape and murder.
Federal law mandates that immigration authorities detain criminal aliens
with extensive rap sheets such as Esparza's until their deportation
outside the U.S. But following INS "standard procedure," Esparza was set
free in violation of the law.
- In March, a Los Angeles sheriff's deputy pulled over Armando
Garcia for a routine traffic stop in a San Gabriel Valley suburb. Garcia
walked toward the officer, pulled out a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol, and
fired at close range several times before fleeing. The deputy died of
gunshot wounds to the head. Garcia was an illegal alien from Mexico who
had been previously deported three times in 1992, 1994 and 2001 and
convicted of two felonies while in America. Garcia had an extensive
criminal history, from drug dealing and weapons violations to suspected
Following "standard procedure," neither the INS nor the U.S. Attorney's
Office in Los Angeles took any measures to keep Garcia off the streets
and enforce a federal law requiring criminal prosecution for illegal
re-entry into the United States. Garcia remains a fugitive.
- Edward Nathaniel Bell, a resident alien from Jamaica, shot and
killed Sergeant Ricky Timbrook in Winchester, Va., in October 1999. Two
years earlier, Bell was arrested and convicted for illegal possession of
a concealed and loaded handgun. The arresting officer was Sgt.
Timbrook. After the conviction, the INS started deportation
proceedings, but Bell knew how to play the game. He posted $3,500 bail,
was released, and then won numerous delays in his case. While free,
Bell talked of shooting Timbrook and showed off a gun, according to
acquaintances who testified at Bell's capital murder trial.
After being charged with Sgt. Timbrook's murder, Bell actually had the
gall to apply for American citizenship. Following "standard procedure,"
his long-delayed final hearing in Immigration Court had been scheduled
just days after Timbrook's murder.
- In August, Miguel Angel Heredia Juarez, an illegal alien from
Mexico, was convicted for viciously raping and beating a 19-year old
North Bend, Wash., woman. Juarez was on probation at the time, after
serving time in prison for threatening to kill someone. According to the
Eastside Journal, Juarez had been previously convicted of four other
felonies, including theft and assault since illegally crossing the
Mexican border five years ago.
Criminal aliens are supposed to be taken immediately into INS custody
after serving their sentences, but as the Justice Department's Inspector
General reported earlier this month, the INS lets tens of thousands of
them run loose.
Following "standard procedure," INS's failure to track foreign-born
inmates led to the release of 35,318 criminal aliens into the general
population in 2000--roughly one-third of whom went on to commit serious
- Nicolas Solorio Vasquez, an illegal alien from Mexico, gunned
down a Washington State police officer during a traffic stop in Pasco,
Wash., in October 1999. Prior to the shooting, Vasquez had been deported
three times by the INS. After each release, he re-entered the country
illegally and headed back up to the Pacific Northwest to commit more
crimes. On July 26, 1999, police booked Vasquez into a Franklin County
jail for unlawful delivery of cocaine and heroin. The INS should have
taken Vasquez into custody immediately upon his release, but failed to
pick him up.
The officer's widow in the Vasquez case, Billie Saunders, is doing what
many more victims of lax immigration enforcement should do when
Washington won't step up to the plate: She is suing the INS in federal
court for failing to enforce the law. INS lawyers argued in court
hearings on the Vasquez case this week that it is neither the
government's responsibility nor duty to stop the release of illegal
aliens who go on to terrorize and kill American citizens.
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