In Connecticut, some illegal aliens – an illegal alien being a non-citizen who has illegally entered the country and therefore is not, according to national and state laws, a lawful immigrant – commit crimes and remain un-deported.
Such was the case with Jean Jacques, a Haitian who entered the country illegally and later was arrested and convicted of attempted murder. Jacques spent seventeen years in Connecticut prisons and was supposed to be remanded on release to ICE, so that he might be deported. The deportation never occurred for reasons that remain fuzzy.
On his release from prison, Jacques murdered a young girl, Casey Chadwick, stabbing her to death fifteen times and depositing her body in a closet where she was discovered by her boyfriend. As of this date, we do not know how Jacques was permitted to fall between the cracks. ICE claims that Haiti disputed Jacques’ citizenship or did not have available the paperwork necessary to show that he was a Haitian citizen. Connecticut’s deportation process requires the state to hold deportable felons who have completed their sentences for no longer than 48 hours before turning them loose on the general public. We simply do not know in any detail whether Connecticut made strenuous efforts to assure Jacques’ deportation. We do know that the usual process - deportation upon release for serious felons -- failed in his case, with murderous consequences.
And Jacques is not alone. According to a recent Fox News report, a “Bridgeport man accused of killing his girlfriend and sparking an Amber Alert when he took off with their 6-year-old daughter, was previously deported, immigration officials said.
"’Oscar Obedio Hernandez, a citizen of El Salvador, was issued a Final Order of Removal by an immigration judge on Oct. 29, 2013,’ said spokesman Shawn Neudauer. ‘He was removed from the United States by ICE officers in Hartford, CT on Nov. 27, 2013. He has prior felony convictions from 2002 for assault and threatening, as well as several misdemeanor convictions. ICE has placed an immigration detainer with the Bridgeport [Connecticut] Police Department.’”
An advisory letter sent recently by Governor Dannel Malloy to towns and schools concerning illegal aliens in Connecticut strongly suggests that municipalities and school administrators need not co-operate with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. This is somewhat misleading. On the contrary, the federal government’s Enforcement and Removal Office (ERO), the nation’s primary deportation force, published on September 22nd 2016 a disclosure describing a deal it was in the process of securing with Connecticut, according to a story in The Verge.
It is the mission of ERO, a sub-agency of ICE, “to identify, arrest, and remove aliens who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration laws and our border control efforts. Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) upholds America's immigration laws at, within and beyond our borders through efficient enforcement and removal operations.”
Since the mission of ERO is entirely dependent upon the identification of illegal aliens, state data is critically important to ICE’s deportation efforts. “Without access to the system, ICE officers will not be able to locate and track illegal aliens,” the document discloses. “No other organization maintains data necessary to complete this task efficiently but the State of Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.”
By supplying to ICE data necessary for the apprehension of illegal aliens, Connecticut IS assisting in the apprehension of illegal aliens, much to the dismay of groups who may have been pacified by Malloy’s communique to municipalities and educational facilities in the state. “The COLLECT database,” Malloy spokesperson Chris Collibee told The Verge in an email, “is a shared database among local, state and federal agencies and is essential to protecting the residents of our state. Every state participates in the sharing of information with other law enforcement agencies, including federal authorities.” Malloy, said a spokesman, “has met with a number of immigrant groups since President Trump took office and is working on additional avenues to ensure that the rights of all residents are protected – regardless of immigration status.”
Appearing on Fox News Channel, Malloy told Tucker Carlson “The federal government has its obligations. We should not be expending local dollars, state dollars, to do the government’s job.”
But, of course, it was and is the state’s job to expend state dollars to ensure the safety of Connecticut citizens from such illegal aliens as Jacques and Hernandez. Connecticut has spent quite a few dollars keeping Jacques in prison. And had Connecticut not been constrained by a statute that requires the state to release violent convicted illegal alien offenders within 48 hours from a release date, Casey Chadwick’s mother, Wendy Hartling, would not be wondering why Malloy thinks he is exempt from federal laws designed to prevent such murders as have been committed by Jacques and Hernandez.
Asked to comment on the incident between Hernandez and ICE, Malloy responded through spokeswoman Kelly Donnelly, “Our local laws are designed to protect our residents and also ensure that those in harm's way feel safe seeking help from law enforcement. That's why convicted violent felons are detained for deportation under our state laws that the governor has consistently and strongly supported."
Really? Does anyone believe that closer cooperation between ICE and law enforcement agencies in Connecticut would have made the Jacques and Hernandez murders more likely?