PWC sues feds over deportations
Elena speaks with Channel 7 News:
According to insidenova.com, the county has filed suit against the federal government.
Prince William County filed a lawsuit today against the Department of Homeland Security, according to a county press release.
In 2007 the Prince William Board of County Supervisors passed an ordinance that requires county police officers to check the immigration status of anyone they arrest.
If police find that they have arrested someone who is in the country illegally, they turn that person over to the department for deportation.
To date the county has turned over more that [sic] 4,000 people over to DHS, the release stated.
At issue is the fact that an illegal immigrant who was an habitual offender hit a car carrying 3 elderly nuns. One nun was killed and the other 2 were seriously injured. The sisters belong to the Benedictine order and requested at the time of the tragedy that people not use the death of the sister to advance their political viewpoint. The politicians and anti-immigration crowd of Prince William County have ignored the sisters’ request and have done quite the opposite.
Carlos Martinelly Montanowas charged in Aug. 2010 for the death of the Benedictine nun. Corey Stewart, Prince William County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, has appeared on national TV over and over again emphasising that Montano is an illegal alien who should have been deported. Stewart’s efforts to find out information why he wasn’t deported have gone unanswered which has given rise to this lawsuit.
Police records show that Montano was previously convicted of drunken driving, identified as an illegal immigrant, handed over to DHS for deportation, subsequently released and was then given an employment authorization card, according to the release.
Stewart has failed to accept that once a prisoner is turned over to I.C.E., the matter is no longer a Prince William County issue. He apparently doesn’t understand that DHS is under no obligation to deport an offender. Everyone in this area who is deported has to have a deportation hearing before a federal judge. (Cases at the border are treated differently.) Many I.C.E detainees are not deported.
Prince William County is but one locality out of thousands in the United States. I.C.E. has limited personnel to go around. They cannot respond to every inquiry at the local level nor should they be expected to do so. The question becomes, what is PWC going to do with the information? The matter is out of their hands. What does the lawsuit request? How much will the good people of Prince William have to pay for this venture? Why do I think Corey is simply using this lawsuit as an election ploy at our expense?