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Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 08/ 5/2010

Stewart to ask Congress to subpoena ICE

By Washington Post editors

The chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors said Thursday that he will ask Congress to subpoena Immigration and Customs Enforcement to obtain records on how many illegal immigrants have been released from their custody back into the community.

Chairman Corey A. Stewart said his action was prompted by the drunk-driving accident Sunday in Bristow in which Carlos A. Martinelly-Montano, who entered the United States illegally as a child, hit a car carrying three nuns. One was killed the two others seriously injured. Martinelly-Montano had two prior drunken driving incidents, for which he served 20 days in jail. He was also detained by ICE after a drunken driving arrest in 2008. Montano was released on his own recognizance pending a deportation hearing.

“The Obama administration should be embarrassed,” Stewart said. “They knew all along criminal illegal aliens were being released back into the neighborhoods. It is going to be tremendously embarrassing when people see not just the guys convicted of DUIs, but the men who have been convicted of taking indecent liberties with children and other disgusting offenses that ICE did not deport.”

Stewart, who appeared on CNN on Thursday to announce his plan, said county officials have tried for years to get ICE to release the data. ICE officials, Stewart said, have been “stiff-arming us.”

The religious order that was home to the three nuns whose car was hit Sunday morning said it is upset at what it views as the politicization of the accident. Sister Glenna Smith, a spokeswoman for the Benedictine Sisters, said the order was "dismayed" by the attention to Montano's immigration status. The nuns have offered forgiveness to Montano through his family.

Stewart said he is interested in individuals being released in Prince William, specifically the ones ICE has “taken into custody” from the local jail and then sent back to the county.

He said he plans to testify on Capitol Hill and make his case of why this information should be released. He said it is “appalling” that local law enforcement officials do their job of apprehending and turning illegal immigrants over to ICE, only to find them being released back into the county.

Stewart said earlier in the week that immigration officials aren’t “evil” – it’s just that they don’t have the resources to do their job. He said Congress has refused to properly fund or staff immigration enforcement efforts.

According to statistics compiled by Syracuse University, there are 243,000 cases that are clogging immigration courts. Because of the backlog, it takes 15 months to conclude the average case. Martinelly-Montano's has dragged on for nearly two years.

“When the public understands and Congress understands these people are being released back into the community, maybe then Congress will get [ICE] the funds” it needs, Stewart said.

-- Jennifer Buske

By Washington Post editors  | August 5, 2010; 11:23 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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How many of the illegal aliens released back into the community are not criminals, but are simply working and paying taxes? Is the percentage of people who commit crimes or "disgusting offenses" disproportionately higher among this group than among the general US-born American citizen population?

Posted by: pxl4 | August 5, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"...the order was 'dismayed' by the attention to Montano's immigration status."
They want to be sure they don't upset illegal aliens because of all the money they pour into the coffers of the U.S. Catholic Church.

Posted by: checkered1 | August 5, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

How was it Obama's fault that this guy was released in 2008 by ICE? Obama wasn't inaugurated until 2009. A previous article also stated that this guy and his illegal parents were given work permits in 2007 by homeland security. Also nothing to do with Obama.

While I agree with that the release of this information is vital, trying to assign blame to certain administrations is as seen above wrong and unhelpful. No liberals/conservatives, democrats or republicans have taken this issue seriously.

And for the one's who just come here to work and have no "victims", if you have access to lexis-nexis please search for 10 people you know randomly, at least 1 will have a list of names attached to their SSN.

Posted by: Redial1 | August 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

the order was "dismayed" by the attention to Montano's immigration status.


Anything in the real world would dismay a nun.

Posted by: TooManyPeople | August 5, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

And Corey knows good and well that the same thing went on under Bush. He cannot stop lying.

He would walk down the street naked if he thought someone would pay attention to him.

Posted by: Bull_Run | August 5, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"How many of the illegal aliens released back into the community are not criminals, but are simply working and paying taxes? ...
Posted by: pxl4"

All illegal aliens are criminals and they do not pay income taxes.

Posted by: StLou | August 5, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

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