Sunday, December 09, 2007

Deport Criminal Aliens? Fuggedaboutit!

Despite all the political noise about "deporting" criminal aliens, it's not happening.

The reasons?

Smart lawyers, SCOTUS, un-cooperative "home" countries, and a ridiculously-undermanned system.

What if you had to choose whether to release a child molester into your neighborhood, or else release a murderer. Which would you choose to unleash on your neighbors? What if the choice were a kidnapper versus a rapist? One of them must be given permission to live among the innocents in your town, and you‘re the one who must choose which it will be.

What if you had to make impossible choices such as these every day? That’s the situation faced by deportation officers (DOs) in their jobs, as described in The Deporter, written by former deportation officer Ames Holbrook. Deportation officers are responsible for finding and removing the worst elements among America’s foreign population -- both legal aliens gone bad and illegal aliens who never bothered to start on good terms and then went downhill from there.

Not enough Deporters to do the job:

The ways that deportation officers are sabotaged are legion, as described by Holbrook’s first-person account of his four years as a DO. To start with, there are only 600 DOs for the whole country -- responsible for deporting the worst among millions of legal aliens and millions more illegal aliens

Not enough time to do it:

Even if the DOs were willing to work as long as it took to deport the worst offenders, it wouldn’t matter, since the whole operation is (by order of the Supreme Court) being conducted under a time limit. No alien, however threatening, can be held for more than 180 days while awaiting deportation. You can know for a fact, from his own mouth, that a criminal alien in custody has raped a 14-year-old girl, and if you can’t get past the legal hurdles in 180 days, you must -- by law -- release this child rapist into the streets.

No place to put some of them:

Those from certain countries, such as Cuba, that simply refuse the return of any of their exported criminals will be set free for lack of options. ...And on top of all this comes the real kicker -- the biggest obstacle to deportation is that we ask a country’s permission before we will send back their criminals. All they have to do is drag their feet for a few weeks on issuing this permission and the 180 days works its magic. You want us to accept Pablo the molester of little boys back into our country? Well, how do you know he is even from our country? Can you send the form again? No, we never received the request! And on and on ... 180 days later and Pablo is standing at a day-labor center again, waiting to get into some fool’s car.

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