According to the Department of Justice press release on August 5, 2009.
JOSE DE JESUS GARCIA GUZMAN, age 32, a resident of Mexico, was sentenced today in federal court by U. S. District Judge Helen G. Berrigan to thirteen (13) months imprisonment, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Berrigan ordered that GUZMAN be placed on three (3) years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment, during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of his supervised release.
According to court documents, on April 29, 2009, GUZMAN pled guilty to one count of an indictment admitting he was an alien who was previously removed and was knowingly and unlawfully found in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana without the Attorney General or Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, having expressly consented to his re-application for admission into the United States. GUZMAN’s sentence was subject to an enhancement based on a previous felony conviction.
The case was investigated by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Robert Weir.
Press release on August 6, 2009.
OFELIA ODELIA RUBIO, age 35, a resident of Mexico, was charged in a one-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for illegal re-entry by an alien previously removed, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the indictment, on approximately June 26, 2009, RUBIO, an alien who had previously been removed and deported from the United States, was found in the United States within the Eastern District of Louisiana, without having obtained consent from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reapply for admission to the United States. The indictment also alleges that RUBIO has a previous felony conviction.
If convicted, RUBIO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000.00 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U. S. Attorney Robert Weir.
Something seems to be missing from these court cases – deportation.
Both of these persons have been convicted of prior felony convictions. Why are the citizens expecting to pay to house these people when we can barely afford to take care of our own?
More importantly – how on earth can he be given 3 years probation if they’re not legally in the US? Based on our current immigration laws, if you are convicted of illegally entering our Country you are no longer eligible to legally enter our Country. However, if you commit felonies in our Country our system will allow you to stay on probation?
In the State of Louisiana there have been 39 illegal aliens indicted or convicted since January 2009. Based on the most current data (2001) from the Department of Justice, the cost to maintain prisoners in Federal prison is approximately $22,632 per year. These prisoners have a possible impact of $882,648 in costs just to house them and an additional approx. $117,000 in probation costs (assuming a 3 year probation). A total cost of almost a million dollars ($999,648).
According to data provided to the NY Times New Blog by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the cost of deportation would be approximately $7,833 per person or a total cost of $305,500. A savings of at least $694,500.
Remember this is only the costs related to 39 persons in one State.
Obama/Holder – I thought we were a Nation of Laws?