A judge in Texas is shocking illegal aliens in the Brownsville area by actually jailing them and making sure they’re deported rather than simply letting them go with a “notice to appear” – most of which are not honored.
The Brownsville Herald reported U.S. Magistrate Judge Felix Recio is getting tough with illegals caught crossing the Rio Grande, telling a group of Honduran immigrants last week to warn their buddies back home.
“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 18-year-old Jorge Enrique Vasquez Carrasco in open court as he handed him a jail sentence that could keep him locked up until space opens at an immigration facility and he is deported.
Under the typical scenario, illegals are issued a notice to appear, at which time they go on their way and begin their new life in the U.S. Federal statistics indicate 88 percent of aliens issued a notice don’t show up for their hearings. Border agents near McAllen, Texas, have nicknamed the summons “notice to disappear” because they are so often disregarded.
A nearby Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center contracts with county jails when bed space reaches capacity.
“There is not a limit on how long a federal prisoner can stay in a county facility,” ICE spokeswoman Letty Zamarripa told the Herald.
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 facility. “We have two flights a week with room for 120 on each flight in addition to two buses leaving each week.”
Nathan Selzer with the Valley Movement for Human Rights said “undocumented” immigrants, who he believes are committing “non-violent and victimless crime,” are being put in danger when housed in the same jails as “real” criminals.
Selzer said U.S. immigration policy needs to be reformed.
“But that’s in the hands of President Bush and Congress and they refuse to do so,” Selzer is quoted as saying.