Skip to comments.Gaps in legal system kept suspect in three killings on the streets
Posted on 08/11/2007 10:05:33 AM PDT by Eric Blair 2084
He was in this country illegally. Ten months ago he was charged with assaulting bar patrons; last month he was indicted for sexually assaulting a young girl and threatening to kill her family.
But Jose Lachira Carranza was not in jail awaiting trial, or in de tention as an illegal immigrant. He was free to roam the schoolyards of Newark, where authorities say he took part in the murder of three college-bound students and the shooting of a fourth last Saturday night.
As Carranza was arraigned yesterday on murder, weapons and other charges -- and ordered held on $1 million bail -- authorities in Essex County faced tough questions about why a man who should not have been in the United States, and was accused of a seri ous crime, had remained on the streets.
Court records and statements by prosecutors, immigration authorities and legal experts show how routine bail procedures and wide gaps between law enforcement and immigration policy worked in Carranza's favor in the months before the killings behind Mount Vernon School.
At a news conference following yesterday's arraignment, Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow declined to comment on whether her office had reported Carranza's illegal status to immigration officials after his two previous arrests.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said they had scoured their records and found no such notification.
"My sense is now we were not contacted or made aware," said Scott Weber, Newark field office di rector for ICE's office of detention and removal.
Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for Dow's office, said its policy is to refer cases of illegal aliens to federal immigration authorities only after the defendant is convicted and sentenced. He said to do otherwise would risk having the defendant immediately deported before he could be punished for the crime.
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I have personally noticed that the gun control advocates here in the Democratic People's Republic of NJ became suddenly silent when it was discovered that the suspect was an illegal alien.
Why am I not surprised.
I didn’t see O’Reilly last night. I guarantee he was all over this. If not than he will be.
I don’t call these “gaps”. I call them intentional actions by liberal activists to hurt US citizens.
More than “gaps in (the) legal system”, it was the failure of several Presidents and more Congressional legislators to uphold their oaths of office.
He wasn’t on last night.
Yeah, Bergen County is definitely Bush’s fault.
Unless you want the Feds going around knocking on everybody’s door at night checking your birth certificate or immigration papers, you have to rely on local jurisdictions to do the first step: identifying and apprehending people who are violating immigration laws.
NJ doesn’t do this, Bergen County doesn’t do it, and neither do a lot of other states and cities. In fact, I believe Newark is a “sanctuary city.” Go find out what your local jurisdiction does - or does not do. I bet you’d be surprised.
But it’s so much easier to blame Bush.
Multiculturalism plus mass migration from the third world equals a dangerous and violent society.
This blood and the daily flow of American blood on American soil at the hands of illegals is clearly on the hands of this administration and every politician who wishes to provide the “sanctuary” of immigration “reform” and who also decries the ability to enforce the laws that make up our borders.
Damn them all!
That's where it all starts, isn't it? Bush has invited these scum to invade our country time and again. Why not blame Bush, in part?
Bush is responsible just are all the other people representing us. But then so are we responsible because we continue to let these fools represent us. One person can’t fix it just as one person didn’t break it.
Since Bush Sr. was in office our govt has been going downhill.
Oh, come on now. The poor down trodden INSERTER TERROIST is simply doing a job that a real American won’t do.
An illegal latin alien murdered three blacks who headed for college execution style?
I'm going out on a limb here and guess that the little darling is a gang member.
I usually don't agree with cities or counties paying huge awards for incompetence and/or stupidity, but in this case I hope Essex County is warming up its checkbook.
I don't give a rat's elbow how "good" their intentions were.
placemarker for later reading and bttt.
I believe that illegal aliens can’t purchase guns from a dealer.