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Just running down the police officers Americans don't want to run down

A while ago, I wrote about an illegal alien who ran down a Massachusetts police officer. There have been a few new developments in the case.

Initially, the young lady with the lead foot identified herself as Leila Lopes, 17, of Brazil. She had entered the country illegally less than two weeks, and was driving a borrowed car when she ran down Patrolman Michael Shea, who was working a traffic detail in Peabody, MA.

It turns out that she is actually one Nilma Figueredo and she's 22. Somehow she figured out that she'd most likely get into less trouble if she said she was a minor. It turns out that "Leila Lopes" is an actress of moderate fame in Brazil.

Nonetheless, the local Brazilian community sprang to her defense. They raised the $10,000 cash bail for her, and got her out of jail. And when people raised a stink about all this support for her and none for Officer Shea, they raised more money and took out a newspaper ad offering their sympathies. I think they also started raising money for his medical care, but it seems to have come in a distant third behind protecting his assailant and their own PR.

Now it's when things get really, really interesting. Once Figueredo was released from local custody, she was arrested again by federal authorities, who began deportation proceedings.

This might seem like a double-whammy to you, but that's because you aren't well-versed in the fine nuances of being an illegal alien in the US. Figueredo's supporters are, however; after all, their own representatives admit that about 70% of the Brazilians living in Massachusetts are here illegally.

In most cases when an illegal alien is arrested for a serious crime (and if nearly killing a police officer while driving without a license isn't, I'm not sure what is), their deportation is put on hold until the criminal case is settled and any sentence is served. In her case, though, there are fears that the feds (who get first access to her if they want it) might fast-track her deportation and bypass the state charges against her.

Which is exactly what her backers want. They want her deported back to Brazil immediately, before standing trial for nearly killing Patrolman Shea. That way, if she likes, she can sneak back across the border to the US, assume yet another name, and live free of ever having to face justice.

And what is the biggest concern weighing on the mind of those backers, who raised ten grand to free her in such rapid time? They want to make sure they get their money back if she's deported.


Comments (6)

Got just love immigration p... (Below threshold)
Just Me:

Got just love immigration policy, when non citizens understand all the loopholes better than we do (or maybe we understand them, but the INS doesn't give a flip).

"Which is exactly what her ... (Below threshold)
Redhand:

"Which is exactly what her backers want. They want her deported back to Brazil immediately, before standing trial for nearly killing Patrolman Shea. That way, if she likes, she can sneak back across the border to the US, assume yet another name, and live free of ever having to face justice.

"And what is the biggest concern weighing on the mind of those backers, who raised ten grand to free her in such rapid time? They want to make sure they get their money back if she's deported."

I doubt seriously this will happen. The woman should stand trial in state court, serve time if convicted, be put into federal detainer after that, and then removed (deported) as an "aggravated felon." That way, she'll face big jail time if she re-enters in violation of a prior removal order. The one thing that's clearly rhetoric in your analysis is "she can sneak back across the border to the US, assume yet another name, and live free of ever having to face justice."

In my experience, the federal govt DOES take seriously aliens who return in violation of removal orders, especially if they have convictions as "aggravated felons" for "crimes of violence." These people face serious federal jail time and can NEVER get legal in the USA.

FWIW, things are done differently in cases like this NJ, where I practice immigration law and have colleagues who do criminal law. We have a huge Brazilian population here too. I'm following this post, and if things go differently in Mass you know something is really wrong up there.

I'm following this post,... (Below threshold)

I'm following this post, and if things go differently in Mass you know something is really wrong up there.

This just makes me giggle. We need confirmation that something is wrong in Massachusetts?

Don't know if this story is... (Below threshold)
andy:

Don't know if this story is making the news outside of Colorado, but a Mexican illegal alien shot two officers in the back, killing one and wounding another.

Last they know is that his car was found in LA and that he confessed to his girlfriend that he was the shooter.

I would really not like to be that guy when he's arrested.

"In most cases when an i... (Below threshold)
KB:

"In most cases when an illegal alien is arrested for a serious crime (and if nearly killing a police officer while driving without a license isn't, I'm not sure what is), their deportation is put on hold until the criminal case is settled and any sentence is served. In her case, though, there are fears that the feds (who get first access to her if they want it) might fast-track her deportation and bypass the state charges against her."
Wellll, not quite. If the state releases an illegal on bail pending trial and the feds have a detainer, ICE can really only detain someone in order to pursue the immigration charges - they can't exactly hold an alien pending the outcome of a state trial. ICE is charged with enforcing immigration laws, not detaining those charges with a crime for the state.

If the feds held every illegal pending some criminal charge for months or even years pending the outcome of another government's criminal case, there wouldn't be any money or immigration dentention beds left for detaining and removing illegal aliens. Beleive me, the feds want an illegal to be convicted and serve every bit of time they deserve - who wants to see some illegal alien get special treatment and skip out on a sentence they deserve, when a US citizen would have to face the same charges and serve a full sentence?

This is exactly why state and county governments should consider passing laws to deny bail to illegal aliens to ensure that they remain in the US and serve any sentence they deserve. Illegals by their very presence should be considrered automatic flight risks ineligible for bail. Also, an illegal with an aggravated felony conviction is a big plus - if the alien re-enters, they face virtually certain prosecution if they illegally re-enter the US and face up to 20 yrs federal time, a better "stat" for the feds than some run-of-the-mill deportation.

Even if an alien does get deported without being sentenced or serving the full sentence, some courts issue bench warrants so if the alien illegally renters and happens to get arrested, the alien would face those charges, likely without bail this time, or serve the full criminal sentence

Yea, those damn foreigners,... (Below threshold)
Joe Mama:

Yea, those damn foreigners, what the hell are they doing in our country. Don't they know we are the superior race! The nerve, stepping on our sacred land that we own. I say kill them all, kill them all!




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