Skip to comments.Jailing Illegal Aliens For ID Theft A “Travesty,” Judge Says
Posted on 02/07/2011 1:17:59 PM PST by La Lydia
Sending dozens of illegal immigrants to jail for using stolen identities to work is a travesty, according to the Clinton-appointed federal judge who reluctantly approved the plea agreements of Mexican and Guatemalan employees arrested during a raid at an Iowa meatpacking plant. The 2008 case received national media coverage because hundreds of suspected illegal aliens were apprehended during a massive federal raid at the nations largest kosher meatpacking plant, Agriprocessing Co. Many used fake identities and stolen Social Security numbers to work at the facility in the northeast Iowa community of Postville and dozens were criminally charged.
Now the judge who presided over the case, Mark Bennett, is publicly chastising prosecutors for pressuring the illegal immigrants into agreeing to five-month prison sentences by pleading guilty to misdemeanors. Appearing in the documentary (Abused: The Postville Raid) of a leftwing Guatemalan filmmaker, Bennett calls the legal proceedings a travesty that made him embarrassed to be a United States District Court judge.
The film depicts the law breakers as victims who were left humiliated and whose families were torn apart by the evil U.S. government. It also asserts that, as a result of the federal immigration raid, a small Iowa community of great diversity was left in ruin because many of the undocumented workers got deported.
The judges comments in the film were first reported by a Des Moines newspaper that says he only sentenced 57 of the 389 arrested in the raid. Never the less, Bennett found the plea agreements to be personally and professionally offensive as well as a tragedy. He also said the illegal immigrants deserved mercy and compassion because they didnt have criminal histories.
Many Americans probably thought the illegal immigrants got off way too easy. After all, they were charged with using false identification documents to obtain employment, using fake or stolen Social Security numbers and unlawful entry into the United States. Those whose identities were stolen likely thought the five-month sentence was indeed a travesty.
open borders, the law is whatever I want it to be ping
American citizens, however, disagree.
He is an embarassment.
Identity theft is a crime judge.
I’ve known people who have been victims and their lives get turned upside-down.
As for the meat plant, how can they not suspect that all those “employees” showed up in Iowa without speaking English??? Give me a break...
Feel free to take a hike-and don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
Isn’t it possible to recall judges in Iowa? Give him the Rose Bird treatment.
Criminals families are always torn apart when someone among them is convicted.
The moral here is don’t break our laws!
This judge seems as though brain dead.
How he feels, or how diversity suffered in crackerville is not the point. It's a matter of what's legal or illegal!
If an illegal alien steals an identity and is punished, it’s a ‘travesty’.
If a US Citizen does EXACTLY the same thing, it’s a felony.
ID theft a big thing until it was found out that their wonderful illegals were the biggest culprits
Yeah, but they’re just identity “borrowing”. They only need to borrow someone else’s identity because our country won’t let them work without a social security number because we’re a such harsh and backward country.
ID theft and illegal immigration has another facet. The meth smuggled in and distributed is often paid for by street level punks with ID info stolen from mailboxes and in burglaries. To say that all of the info so derived is used to provide hard working illegals with legal cover for employment is also a travesty.
“Sending dozens of illegal immigrants to jail for using stolen identities to work is a travesty, according to the Clinton-appointed federal judge “
I am sick of hearing how “centrist” President Clinton was. Take a look at his judicial appointments. They are all hard left.
Clinton-appointed federal judge — if he doesn’t want to put criminals in jail then maybe he should step down.
We should all get ourselves 2 or 3 identities to use. Overwhelm the system. Maybe then they would take it seriously.
The real travesty is that this Marxist is a sitting judge.
So should we make identity theft a non-crime? A crime is a crime whether it is done by an illegal alien or by a citizen. Are we now looking at who the perpetrator is before we decide it is a crime or not?
I guarantee that if I were caught misusing someone else’s identity, I would be prosecuted.
That’s what I was thinking — if it’s not HIS identity that is stolen, it won’t matter so very much.
What a disgusting judge.
Probably just that some cultures do not think stealing is wrong, and WE have to adjust to their ways of doing things.//s
That judge needs to be in the unemployment line...
I guess it’s also alright, then, to go to Mexico and steal stuff — sort of like it cannot be helped.
The judge appears to be saying that illegals should be allowed to commit identify theft because they are illegals, but that we mustn’t commit identify theft because we are not illegals. If he is so ashamed of his own country’s laws, perhaps he should step down. Notice he said this to a foreign film maker.
Illegaly entering a country is a crime in ALL Nations in the world. The U.S. is the only one in which the judges kiss their ass for doing so.
How do we get these judges off the bench in America, this is pure unacceptible BS.
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Arbitrary and selective enforcement is where the left derives their power. Of course, they don’t see it as a negative, they see it as having the flexibility to use their superior judgement to achieve justice.
So would it be ok with this judge if a prisoner was released from prison and he stole somebody’s identity in order to get good work? Would it be a travesty to prosecute him?
I kid you not.
This is stunning and infuriating.
if I hadn’t read it I wouldn’t have believed it. I am used to loony left judges but this is a real low.
He needs to resign so he won’t suffer any more embarrassement
Thank you for posting. I hope this gets spread around.
I’m sure that the Honorable Mark W. Bennett of Iowa would welcome some illegal alien stealing his identity.
Thats great....a judge who values Illegal Alien lawbreakers over the victims that were victimized. This judge needs to be impeached
Judges don’t make the laws..they are supposed to enforce the law. If he doesn’t like the law..he needs to vote for politicians to change it..just like us.
This is a federal judge, not a state judge. That should answer any questions you might have about “recall”.
I think that is what is most offensive to me, too. The judge is more worried about the illegal aliens than his own fellow Americans, and thinks the illegal aliens’ interests should come first, regardless of whether they’ve broke the law and victimized Americans.
While in private practice, Bennett served as General Counsel for the Iowa Civil Liberties Union from 1975 to 1989
Well, that certainly explains his distain for his fellow Americans and crime victims.
A federal judge with such attitudes should not be on the bench. He should be impeached if possible, but that would take a Congress with some appreciation for the rule of law, including immigration law and other laws that illegals routinely violate.
Some days it seems like that.
Jailing Illegal Aliens For ID Theft A Travesty, Judge Says
But not suprising, given the many warped minds that are graduated
each year from our law schools.
>Tell me, if identity theft (one of the fastest growing crimes in the country) shouldn’t be punished, then what is an enforceable law?
Considering he’s a federal judge I predict his answer is “taking a weapon into a federal building.”
Would my arrest be as much a travesty if I stole the judge’s ID?
OK, let’s all pile into this creep’s house and steal everything. He said theft is no issue for the courts.
Nope. it would be a travesty only if you were a wetback and stole a peon’s i.d.
I think it would be much more fun for some for someone to steal his identity and get a new drivers license, etc. using his docs. Maybe file an unemployment claim, since the guy is worse than worthless.
I wonder if his "honor" thinks it's a "travesty" to punish a burglar who, in addition to all the other crimes they committed, stole the identities of his victims?
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