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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

JUDGE: STOP WASTING TAXPAYER MONEY PROSECUTING IMMIGRATION OFFENSES

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In a time when the country is facing a $1.5 trillion deficit and the antis are calling for massive increases in spending on immigration enforcement, it's nice to see someone calling out the immigration prosecutors for what is a huge waste of taxpayer dollars. From the Austin American-Statesman:


In an order filed Friday, a federal judge in Austin questioned U.S.
prosecutors for seeking criminal convictions in court against some illegal
immigrants, writing that the practice "presents a cost to the American
taxpayer ... that is neither meritorious nor reasonable."


The order by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks comes as his docket, like others
in Texas, is swollen with defendants charged with immigration crimes.

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On Friday, Sparks wrote in the order that "like many of the defendants
prosecuted under the (federal illegal re-entry law) in the last six months"
the men "have no significant criminal history."


Sparks wrote that it has cost more than $13,350 to jail the three men and
noted that charging them criminally means additional costs and work for
prosecutors, defense lawyers, court personnel and others.


"The expenses of prosecuting illegal entry and re-entry cases (rather
than deportation) on aliens without any significant criminal history is
simply mind-boggling," Sparks wrote.




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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    They all want to pass state laws to control immigration. No problem there...as long as Texans pay state income taxes to prosecute illegal aliens and dont ask me a resident of Virginia to fund their wish list! And this refers to everyone who is writing on that blog.
  2. LFWF's Avatar
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2010/02/tom_tancredo_and_right-wing_co.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

    Tancredo, Who else?
  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    But is this judge suggesting that immigrants have no right to due process? I guess so!!
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