Wednesday, August 22, 2007

NJ Will Now Notify Feds When Illegals Are Busted

A landmark change which could reverberate nationwide. Let's hope we soon see the end of these ridiculous "sanctuary cities" that dot the landscape.

After seeing Geraldo Rivera sputter like an idiot against Tom Tancredo on Hannity & Skeletor tonight, this is sure to send him over the edge.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - After a review driven by three brutal slayings, the state attorney general on Wednesday ordered New Jersey law enforcers to notify federal immigration officials whenever someone arrested for an indictable offense or drunken driving is found to be an illegal immigrant.

Attorney General Anne Milgram reviewed the state's policy in light of the execution-style killings Aug. 4 of three Newark college students and the wounding of a fourth victim. One of the six suspects was an illegal immigrant who had been granted bail on child rape and aggravated assault charges without immigration officials being alerted to his existence.

While saying she did not want to "Monday morning quarterback" the Newark case, Milgram said that if the policy had been in place when Jose Carranza was indicted on the prior charges, federal officials might have placed an immigration hold on him, meaning he would have remained in custody or bail might have been set higher because of his immigration status.
Meaning the three murdered students might well be alive, which is exactly the point people have been trying to make.

Still, even if this is now enforced, what needs to further be investigated is why on earth did a judge set such low bail for a predator who raped a five-year-old?
The fact that Carranza, 28, an illegal immigrant from Peru, was out on bail after being accused of committing serious felonies also enraged some, including state Sen. Shirley Turner, who on Wednesday urged bail restrictions for accused illegal immigrants. The Democratic legislator proposes that illegal immigrants be required to post a full cash bail if they are charged with committing a crime in New Jersey.

A bail bondsman put up $150,000 for Carranza?the lowest amount recommended for someone accused of sexually assaulting a child?and he walked out of the Essex County jail in May. Seven months earlier, he had paid $2,000 to get out of the same jail after being charged with assault and weapons possession after a bar fight. He was allowed to put up 10 percent after a judge set bail at $20,000.
UPDATE: Allahpundit has more, and absolutely eviscerates the pathetic Geraldo.

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