Pr. William wants Congress to subpoena illegal immigration information from DHS
Prince William County supervisors are requesting that Congress subpoena information from the Department of Homeland Security on the whereabouts of the criminal illegal immigrants the county has turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
County officials filed a Freedom of Information Act request with federal officials for the information last November but never got a response. It is time, County Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart said, to take it to the next level and get answers.
The request for information was prompted by an August car accident in which Carlos Martinelly-Montano, 23, was allegedly driving drunk when he crashed into a car carrying three nuns, killing one. Martinelly-Montano entered the country from Bolivia illegally when he was 8. He had been released by immigration authorities after two previous drunk-driving convictions and had been awaiting a deportation hearing.
County officials had also asked for an investigation into why Martinelly-Montano was released. Stewart said that report is set to be released Monday.
The data county officials want would span from the time the county adopted its immigration policy in 2007 to today. The policy, which was modified in 2008, requires Prince William police officers to check the immigration status of anyone arrested on suspicion of violating a state or local law.
County officials didn't immediately know how many illegal immigrants they have turned over to ICE.
| February 8, 2011; 6:10 PM ET
Categories: Corey Stewart, Immigration, Jennifer Buske, Prince William
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