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Jailing Illegal Aliens For ID Theft A “Travesty,” Judge Says
Judicial Watch ^ | February 7, 2011

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 nation’s 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 judge’s 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 didn’t 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.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; identitytheft; idtheft; illegals; ruleoflaw; stockpilesong
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Perhaps he would take identify theft more seriously if he were a victim of it.
1 posted on 02/07/2011 1:18:00 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: Liz; AuntB; Tennessee Nana

open borders, the law is whatever I want it to be ping


2 posted on 02/07/2011 1:19:10 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

American citizens, however, disagree.


3 posted on 02/07/2011 1:19:53 PM PST by Reagan69 (I went to a shooting-victims' memorial service and all I got was a lousy T-shirt !)
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To: La Lydia
that made him “embarrassed” to be a United States District Court judge.

Then resign.

4 posted on 02/07/2011 1:20:46 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: La Lydia
Bennett calls the legal proceedings a “travesty” that made him “embarrassed” to be a United States District Court judge.

He is an embarassment.

5 posted on 02/07/2011 1:20:58 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: La Lydia

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...


6 posted on 02/07/2011 1:21:20 PM PST by rbosque (12 year Freeper!!! Combat Economist.)
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To: La Lydia
Bennett calls the legal proceedings a “travesty” that made him “embarrassed” to be a United States District Court judge.

Feel free to take a hike-and don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

7 posted on 02/07/2011 1:21:26 PM PST by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: La Lydia

Isn’t it possible to recall judges in Iowa? Give him the Rose Bird treatment.


8 posted on 02/07/2011 1:21:34 PM PST by Melchior
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To: La Lydia

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.


9 posted on 02/07/2011 1:21:46 PM PST by SatinDoll
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To: La Lydia
The law says what?

How he feels, or how diversity suffered in crackerville is not the point. It's a matter of what's legal or illegal!

10 posted on 02/07/2011 1:22:44 PM PST by blackdog
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To: La Lydia

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.


11 posted on 02/07/2011 1:22:57 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: La Lydia

ID theft a big thing until it was found out that their wonderful illegals were the biggest culprits


12 posted on 02/07/2011 1:23:02 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php for FR backup site!)
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To: rbosque

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.
/sarc necessary?


13 posted on 02/07/2011 1:23:24 PM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my about page. Click my handle.)
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To: La Lydia

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.


14 posted on 02/07/2011 1:23:34 PM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: 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 “

I am sick of hearing how “centrist” President Clinton was. Take a look at his judicial appointments. They are all hard left.


15 posted on 02/07/2011 1:23:36 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: La Lydia

Clinton-appointed federal judge — if he doesn’t want to put criminals in jail then maybe he should step down.


16 posted on 02/07/2011 1:24:21 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: La Lydia
Oh, I don't know. Personally, I've always considered a judge who refuses to follow the law to be a travesty.
17 posted on 02/07/2011 1:29:19 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Hodar

We should all get ourselves 2 or 3 identities to use. Overwhelm the system. Maybe then they would take it seriously.


18 posted on 02/07/2011 1:29:43 PM PST by sheana
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To: La Lydia

The real travesty is that this Marxist is a sitting judge.


19 posted on 02/07/2011 1:31:27 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: La Lydia

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.


20 posted on 02/07/2011 1:31:48 PM PST by Truth is a Weapon (If I weren't afraid of the feds, I would refer to Obama as our "undocumented POTUS")
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To: La Lydia
...publicly chastising prosecutors ... for upholding the LAW.........
21 posted on 02/07/2011 1:33:13 PM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: La Lydia

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


22 posted on 02/07/2011 1:33:51 PM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: MrB

Ha! Yeah.

That judge needs to be in the unemployment line...


23 posted on 02/07/2011 1:34:10 PM PST by rbosque (12 year Freeper!!! Combat Economist.)
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To: La Lydia

I guess it’s also alright, then, to go to Mexico and steal stuff — sort of like it cannot be helped.


24 posted on 02/07/2011 1:35:04 PM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Truth is a Weapon

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.


25 posted on 02/07/2011 1:35:09 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: rbosque

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.


26 posted on 02/07/2011 1:40:06 PM PST by Waco (From Seward to Sara)
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To: La Lydia

How do we get these judges off the bench in America, this is pure unacceptible BS.


27 posted on 02/07/2011 1:41:16 PM PST by devistate one four ( AARP: Anti America Retired People Kimber CDP II .45 OORAH! TET68)
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To: La Lydia

Failing To Impeach Activist Judges A “Travesty,” DrSerizawa Says


28 posted on 02/07/2011 1:42:15 PM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: Truth is a Weapon

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.


29 posted on 02/07/2011 1:42:15 PM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my about page. Click my handle.)
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To: La Lydia

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?


30 posted on 02/07/2011 1:55:51 PM PST by Castigar
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To: La Lydia
I've had employers tell me that employees that use fraudulent ID is no big deal...

I kid you not.

31 posted on 02/07/2011 1:58:24 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: La Lydia

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.


32 posted on 02/07/2011 2:06:20 PM PST by RWGinger
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To: La Lydia

I’m sure that the Honorable Mark W. Bennett of Iowa would welcome some illegal alien stealing his identity.


33 posted on 02/07/2011 2:06:41 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Only two things come from Texas and I see you're wearing an "I Heart Austin" t-shirt)
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To: La Lydia; All

Thats great....a judge who values Illegal Alien lawbreakers over the victims that were victimized. This judge needs to be impeached


34 posted on 02/07/2011 2:16:43 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Newt Gingrich and Chris Matthews: Seperated at Birth??)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

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.


35 posted on 02/07/2011 2:26:14 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Melchior

This is a federal judge, not a state judge. That should answer any questions you might have about “recall”.


36 posted on 02/07/2011 2:31:19 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

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.


37 posted on 02/07/2011 2:34:24 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

While in private practice, Bennett served as General Counsel for the Iowa Civil Liberties Union from 1975 to 1989


38 posted on 02/07/2011 2:35:16 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (The Rodney King Riots: Courtesy of ABC, CBS, NBC & CNN)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Well, that certainly explains his distain for his fellow Americans and crime victims.


39 posted on 02/07/2011 2:37:57 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia
There was an article yesterday about whether we have a law problem or a lawyer problem. I'm thinking now what we actually have is a “rope and lamp post under-utilization problem”.
40 posted on 02/07/2011 2:38:02 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: La Lydia

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.


41 posted on 02/07/2011 2:38:13 PM PST by Will88
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To: SpaceBar

Some days it seems like that.


42 posted on 02/07/2011 2:44:00 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia
Tell me, if identity theft (one of the fastest growing crimes in the country) shouldn't be punished, then what is an enforceable law?

JACKASS!

43 posted on 02/07/2011 2:53:23 PM PST by Carbonsteel
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To: La Lydia


Jailing Illegal Aliens For ID Theft A “Travesty,” Judge Says

In-Freakin’-Credible!

But not suprising, given the many warped minds that are graduated
each year from our law schools.


44 posted on 02/07/2011 2:53:59 PM PST by VOA
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To: Carbonsteel

>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.”

[/bitter][/sarc]


45 posted on 02/07/2011 2:55:48 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: La Lydia

Would my arrest be as much a travesty if I stole the judge’s ID?


46 posted on 02/07/2011 3:05:09 PM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: La Lydia

OK, let’s all pile into this creep’s house and steal everything. He said theft is no issue for the courts.


47 posted on 02/07/2011 3:07:47 PM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: JimRed

Nope. it would be a travesty only if you were a wetback and stole a peon’s i.d.


48 posted on 02/07/2011 3:10:00 PM PST by sport
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To: CodeToad

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.


49 posted on 02/07/2011 3:11:12 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia
Illegal scumbag aliens become illegal the second they break into this country illegally. Everything else they do is in addition to their original crime...breaking into our country like a burglar breaks into a home.

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?

No Way, Jose (No Se Puede!) by 10 Pound Test

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

50 posted on 02/07/2011 3:11:24 PM PST by wku man (Still holding my breath, but exhaling a bit after Nov. 2...)
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