It seems odd to me that anyone would see this as a preferable solution to keeping the offenders here to serve their time. I understand that it’s expensive to jail someone (although most people don’t seem to see this as a problem, from the rates of incarceration in the U.S.). But it seems wrongheaded to send people home without serving their time, particularly when the reality is that a good number of them will try to re-enter the U.S.
Because these offenders have been deported BEFORE trial, it is entirely possible that the only thing they are guilty of is being in the U.S. without authorization. It just might be a good idea to find out for sure before we start shipping them home.
Here is a list of the crimes committed by immigrants who have been deported before trial in Dallas:
An investigator with the Dallas County district attorney’s office found nearly 1,000 illegal immigrants who were not tried for crimes they were accused of. He said most were deported by immigration officials before they could stand trial. But many were never arrested. The cases go back to 1991 and don’t include all cases in the DA’s office.
Attempted murder 18
Negligent homicide 3
Child abuse 409
Sexual assault 54
Aggravated assault 307
Aggravated robbery, kidnapping, other 49
in reference to: Hundreds in Dallas County deported before their trials | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Breaking News for Dallas-Fort Worth | Dallas Morning News (view on Google Sidewiki)