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Judge makes stand against illegal immigration (Texas)
The Brownsville Herald ^ | June 3 2005 | SERGIO CHAPA

Posted on 06/03/2005 8:13:09 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch

Recio: Undocumented immigrants will not be set free in Brownsville

— Jorge Enrique Vasquez Carrasco didn’t expect jail time or to be deported when he got caught illegally entering the United States.

The 18-year-old Honduran man expected the same treatment as thousands of other undocumented immigrants who have been set free after receiving a notice to appear in court.

According to federal figures, almost 88 percent of immigrants who receive those notices never appear in court and stay illegally in the United States.

But U.S. Magistrate Judge Felix Recio made a statement Thursday to Vasquez and six other Central Americans who were caught this week crossing the Rio Grande near Brownsville.

“I want you to tell all your friends in Honduras that if they come through Brownsville, Texas, they will not be paroled into the system and they will be put in jail and deported,” Recio told Vasquez in open court as he handed him a jail sentence that could keep him here until space opens at an immigration facility and he could be deported.

Vasquez and six others in his group pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor illegal entry charge.

Recio declined an interview, but federal officials said the immigrants will be held in a Cameron County jail until bed space could be found for them at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center near Bayview.

Although the federal facility is reported to be near its 850-bed capacity, ICE spokeswoman Letty Zamarripa said her agency is bound to carry out the federal judge’s sentence and relies on contracts with county jails to do so.

“There is not a limit on how long a federal prisoner can stay in a county facility,” she said.

According to the latest figures, there are at least 325 federal prisoners in Cameron County jails, including undocumented immigrants waiting to be transferred or deported.

Zamarripa said criminals and detainees from “nations of interest” such as those that support terrorism are give priority when moved from county jails to federal facilities.

“We are removing detainees everyday,” Zamarripa said of immigrants being deported from the Bayview facility. “We have two flights a week with room for 120 on each flight in addition to two buses leaving each week.”

Although there are no plans to expand the Bayview facility, Zamarripa said a 1,020-bed contract facility is expected to open in June near Pearsall, which could receive undocumented Central American and Brazilian immigrants caught in the Rio Grande Valley.

Nathan Selzer with the Valley Movement for Human Rights said undocumented immigrants are being put in danger while committing a non-violent and victimless crime and then being put in the same jails as “real” criminals.

Selzer said the situation would be most easily addressed through reform of the United States’ immigration policy.

“But that’s in the hands of President Bush and Congress and they refuse to do so,” Selzer said.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Texas; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aliens; illegalimmigration; illegals; immigrantlist
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To: SwinneySwitch

U.S. Magistrate Judge Felix Recio for Supreme Court Justice!!!

51 posted on 06/03/2005 2:33:21 PM PDT by Ahban
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To: SwinneySwitch
To U.S. Magistrate Judge Felix Recio:

A great big FReeper SALUTE!!!

52 posted on 06/03/2005 2:48:14 PM PDT by houeto ("Mr. President , close our borders now!")
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To: HiJinx

About time!

53 posted on 06/03/2005 3:39:06 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: B4Ranch

United States Magistrate Judge Felix Recio.
Contact Information
U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse
600 E. Harrison, #203
Brownsville, TX 78520-7152
Phone: (956) 548-2701
Fax: (956) 548-2630

Chambers Staff
Felix Recio, U.S. Magistrate Judge
Lydia Villarreal, Secretary
Sally Garcia, Case Manager (956) 548-2548.
Jason Scott, Law Clerk


54 posted on 06/03/2005 3:52:05 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Yo! Cowboy! I'm praying for a LoganMiracle! It CAN happen!!!!)
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To: ol' hoghead; B4Ranch

Thanks for responding. I intend to FAX a letter to the Judge praising his actions.

55 posted on 06/03/2005 11:33:08 PM PDT by JoeBob (If you live like sheep the wolves will eat you.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
It really bothers me that we don't have facilities to hold these people while waiting deportation.

Why isn't there space?

It seems to me that were spending millions upon millions on the border and yet don't have the proper facilities to hold these people.

Someone or some group overseeing this katz and jammers operation should have thought to budget for this loop hole.

Personally, I am just sick of this whole border mess.

You can't tell me with any assurance that the corruption in Mexico has not moved North of the border.

If a person is willing to commit a crime to get here, whats to keep them from committing a crime to stay here.

Lets face it, these people jumping our borders have a different value system than most American citizens.

Also, instead of increasing our H 1 visas we need to cut back on them.

Our colleges and Universities need to concentrate more on technical and less on liberal political science as taught by the Ward Chuckholes of the world.

Doesn't seem to me that there is enough pressure being put on training up our own citizens to hold these H 1 visa jobs.

Right now we are caught up in a political mess caused more by liberal bleeding hearts and greedy corporations unable to just say no to illegals coming into America.
56 posted on 06/03/2005 11:48:38 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (LL THE)
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To: B4Ranch

Great minds think alike. I just read your homepage and agree with 100% of everything you have there.

I tried to go the link you posted on the INS guy that was involved in the smuggling ring (post 42) but it didn't work. I then went to the Brownsville Herald to try to find it but no dice. Can you point me to the story?

57 posted on 06/03/2005 11:55:04 PM PDT by JoeBob (If you live like sheep the wolves will eat you.)
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To: JoeBob

I can't find it again!

58 posted on 06/04/2005 3:17:37 AM PDT by B4Ranch ( Report every illegal alien that you meet. Call 866-347-2423, Employers use 888-464-4218)
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To: B4Ranch


59 posted on 06/04/2005 12:19:05 PM PDT by Die_Hard Conservative Lady (I have left this blank for a reason....)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Selzer said the situation would be most easily addressed through reform of the United States’ immigration policy.

The easiest way to fix this is to lock down the borders and let the world know, if you trespass, you will pay the consequences. At some point in time, Americans need to stand up and start protecting this country for the next generation.

60 posted on 06/06/2005 8:34:40 AM PDT by Millicent_Hornswaggle (US Marine wife)
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To: SwinneySwitch
I have to wonder if that's because Brownsville is mostly Mexican and that they don't care for Hondurans much.
61 posted on 06/06/2005 5:14:26 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan (June 14 - Defeat DeWine - Vote Tom Brinkman for Congress (OH-2) -
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To: Dan from Michigan

They are just jealous that the OTMs were not sent home like the Ms. IMO

62 posted on 06/06/2005 5:22:52 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Mexico - beyond your expectations!)
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