Prince Willliam County will sue the Department of Homeland Security to find out the whereabouts of all criminal illegal immigrants who were taken into federal custody. Previous FOIA attempts have gone unanswered.
The county received no information regarding what appeared to be irregular protocol with Carolos Martinelly Montano. Martinelly was charged with causing the drunk driving accident that killed the Benedictine nun Sister Denise Mosier last summer.
The supervisors are also requesting a full Congressional investigation to find out where everyone processed through the county 287(g) program is. The county has no idea if those turned over to ICE were deported, imprisoned or released.
These issues were discussed in closed session and voted on at the end of the BOCS meeting today.
.According the News and Messenger:
The county had requested both pieces of information in two separate Freedom of Information requests. The feds originally told the county that they would respond to the Montano case request by Monday. However, according to county spokesman Jason Grant, the county received nothing from the feds regarding this request.
After failing in its second FOIA request, the county recently sent a letter to the House of Representatives’ subcommittee on immigration requesting a subpoena of Immigration & Customs Enforcement records on the whereabouts of all criminal illegal immigrants processed through the 287 (g) program. Now, they want a full-scale investigation.
“They are obviously being secretive, and they are hiding something,” said county Chairman Corey A. Stewart.
Brentsville Supervisor W.S. “Wally” Covington III, who made the motion to pursue the matter legally, said the county police have been trying to identify the whereabouts of the criminal illegals for the last two years but have been stonewalled. And in some cases, said Covington, the feds have snatched some of these individuals before they went through the county’s legal process.
“At times, they come back [to the county] with charges unresolved,” Covington said. “That just makes a bunch of new old cases.”
On Aug. 2, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ordered an investigation to determine why the deportation process for Martinelly Montano took so long.
After receiving no response from its FOIA request, Washington-based government watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in December demanding the release of the results of that investigation.
Is Judicial Watch a bi-partisan group? Will the BOCS use any information they find out to determine if the 287(g) program is worth continuing? What is it they hope to achieve? Is this just another election ploy?