Prince William seeks investigation of ICE
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."
| February 15, 2011; 7:53 PM ET
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