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Posted at 7:53 PM ET, 02/15/2011

Prince William seeks investigation of ICE

By Jennifer Buske

Prince William County supervisors may pursue litigation against the Department of Homeland Security and are asking Congress to investigate how DHS has handled the illegal immigrants turned over by the county.

Following a closed meeting Tuesday, supervisors unanimously endorsed a resolution that asks county staff to seek "all available redress" against DHS because the agency did not respond to a Freedom of Information Act request the county filed last year in an effort to find out why Carlos A.Martinelly-Montano, an illegal immigrant who killed one person and injured two others in a drunk-driving accident, was still in the community, even thoughhe had two previous drunk driving convictions.

County supervisors also want Congress to investigate how Immigration and Customs Enforcement has handled the roughly 3,000 illegal immigrants the county has turned over to ICE and where they are now. County officials also filed a FOIA request for that information last year, county officials said.

"The Department of Homeland Security has an obligation to the citizens of Prince William County to explain what they are doing to uphold their obligation to help make our communities safe," Board Chairman Corey Stewart said. "Clearly, they made major mistakes in the Montano case and don't want to be held accountable to the public for those, but we need to know how deep these problems run."

County supervisors said Prince William police have done their job, checking the immigration status of anyone arrested in Prince William. They question, however, whether ICE is doing its job, especially in light of last week's shootings in Manassas, in which an illegal immigrant allegedly killed three people and injured three others.

"Congress needs to provide ICE and DHS with the resources they need to protect our citizens from criminal illegal aliens," Stewart said after last week's shootings. "Our community has already lost too many people to these felons that have no right to be here in the first place."

By Jennifer Buske  | February 15, 2011; 7:53 PM ET
Categories:  Prince William  
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Dear President Obama,

"Your Administration's decision to drop deportation proceedings against "non-violent" illegal aliens shows a profound lack of respect for those 22 million Americans and legal immigrants unable to find jobs. For the sake of all Americans, I expect you to allow ICE to do its job and is allowed to arrest and deport all illegal aliens they arrest.

The White House's recent decision to force ICE to release illegal aliens who have committed identity fraud and other "non-violent" crimes is outlandish. Not only have these individuals come to this country illegally, they have also committed serious criminal offenses. However, because they have not committed "violent" crimes and are not deemed to be terrorists, you believe they deserve to stay in the country and are above our laws. How sickening."

Go to NumbersUSA.com to send Obama a fax similar to this. . .

Send messages to President Obama and other pro-criminal supporters in Congress.

Posted by: hunter340 | February 16, 2011 5:35 AM | Report abuse

The Obama administration plays with statistics to make them appear to be tough on illegal immigration. Nothing could be further from the truth. Homeland Security dismissed all charges against all illegal aliens in Houston that didn't have other criminal charges and released them inside the US. I would not be surprised if they did the same thing in Virginia as well.

Posted by: Stephen44 | February 16, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Every city/town/state should have a Corey Stewart. Both the Bush and Obama administration offer nothing more than a dog and pony show insofar as DHS/ICE is concerned. Mr. Stewart is the first person to "call them (DHS) out." If it is confirmed that ICE released illegal aliens turned over to them charges of dereliction of duty should be brought against this administration/DHS.

Posted by: KmaMedPR | February 17, 2011 12:36 AM | Report abuse

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