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Prince William chairman asks Congress to release immigration records

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

Chairman Corey A. Stewart said his action was prompted by the recent fatal car collision in Bristow. Police say Carlos A. Martinelly-Montano, who entered the United States illegally as a child, allegedly was driving drunk when his vehicle struck another car, killing one nun and seriously injuring two others. Martinelly-Montano had been released back into the community after two prior DUI convictions and has been awaiting 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 Thursday to announce his plan, said county officials have tried for years to get ICE to release the data, however ICE officials have been "stiff-arming us." Stewart is particularly interested in the individuals being released back into Prince William, specifically the ones ICE has "taken into custody" from the local jail and then sent back into the county.

Stewart said he plans to testify on Capitol Hill and make his case of why the 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," they just 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 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 Jennifer Buske  |  August 5, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Corey Stewart , Immigration , Jennifer Buske  
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I'd be much more excited over these attempts to expose ICE's failures if it weren't for the fact that Stewart is also trying to make political hay out of it as well. Blaming the Obama administration is ridiculous... our illegal immigration policies have constituted a bipartisan failure of epic proportions. Even by his own admission, Stewart has been attempting to get this data "for years" and has been repeatedly and consistently stonewalled. Mr. Chairman, please the partisan politics aside so that we all can try to discuss the issue constructively.

Posted by: dwolf1231 | August 5, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

dwolf1231 is absolutely right. Steward is playing politics with this.Perhaps he should read the letter from one of the nuns fellow nuns where she said this should not be used as an excuse to attack illegal immigrants. Mr Steward has a history of anti immigration views and has pushes Prince William County in the same direction AZ is going.
dwolf1231-very good post.

Posted by: hmrc1 | August 5, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, sure, blame Obama. As if immigration policy was so much better under the Bush administration.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | August 5, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

ICE does not deport. Judges issue deportation orders. ICE carries out the Judge's order.

Martinelly-Montano had permission to be in the United States. That fact makes him legal, not illegal.

Posted by: stilldoin | August 5, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Stewart doesn't even understand the system. ICE does NOT deport, federal judges do. He is an embarrassment to Prince William County.

Perhaps he should stick to discussing drunk driving, like the sisters requested.

Posted by: Bull_Run | August 5, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

In contrast to the previous knuckleheads' remarks, try this.

Sealing borders has been stymied by Democrat's refusal to fund the effort. Meanwhile, these characters are breaking into the US and awaiting these ridiculous appeals. That is why there are 12-20 million more of these "undocumented Democrats," since the last amnesty in the 1980s.

How many more illegals will there be in the US in 2030?

Posted by: numbersch13 | August 5, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

What idiot posts I see here. Instead of worrying about Stewart's motives, why not focus on the facts presented. Our Congress and this Administration, along with other Administrations, have not and ARE NOT doing as they should to protect U.S. Citizens from Illegal Immigrant criminals.
This President promised change, so where is the change. Instead he sues Arizona and stands with the Mexican President who has the nerve, the gall to come to this country and chastise one of our states, one of our Govenors for taking steps to protect her people.
This feels like the Twilight Zone.

Posted by: ReneesOpinion | August 5, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

The headline of this article is incorrect. It should read "Mr. Stewart Again Attempts to Get His Name In The News."

Math is not my speciality so I could be wrong, but I keep thinking that two years ago when this man's case began it was 2008. Someone remind me who was President and who should be embarassed? Campaigning for statewide office has become Mr. Stewart's full time job. He's going to be soooo disappointed.

Posted by: Smiling1 | August 5, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't know much about Stewart, but I say "Go get'em, Corey." Just put partisan politics aside on this one.... there's plenty of blame to go around, and we should all be after the same result. These illegals need to GO.

Posted by: Fairfaxresident3 | August 5, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Stewart is an appendage on Cuccinelli's butt.

Smiling1 has it correct.

Posted by: mortified469 | August 5, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I believe that it is way past the time to allow the public know what this president and his administration are doing in regards to the 20 million plus ILLEGAL ALIENS.

Obama wants a open border and wants to reward criminals for breaking the law. I say that it is way past the time for America to wake up and shout that "we are mad as hell and we are not going to take it any longer!"


Posted by: ketrout | August 6, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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