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Get in line, Washington

There are certain political principles and polices that I find I tend to agree with without much reservation. For one, the idea of deporting illegal aliens as quickly as possible -- the sooner the better. For another, the supremacy clause of the Constitution -- the idea that federal law takes precedent over state or local laws. But I've discovered that there is an exception to those where I think that both need to be set aside -- and a criminal case in Massachusetts is bringing it to my attention.

In Framingham, Massachusetts, three illegal aliens from Brazil found a nice way to earn a living. They offered to provide the services that Americans just can't be bothered to do -- namely, liposuction operations performed in their apartment. All was going swimmingly until they had a little bit of an oopsie, and -- gosh darn it! -- one of their patients was so rude and inconsiderate as to up and die on their improvised operating table.

The three are currently charged with murder, but only one of them is still in state custody. The other two have been taken by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. One has already been sent home to Brazil, the other is in Detroit awaiting her own hearing. Only Dr. Feelthin himself is still awaiting trial.

As a general rule, I firmly believe that if you're here illegally, you ought to have your ass stuffed on the first plane/train/bus/boat/cruise missile back to your homeland and told to get in line behind those who are doing it right and legally. But when you break our other laws to boot, especially when serious injury or death is involved, I think you ought to spend a little more time here in the US -- as a guest of the penal system, preferably turning big rocks into small rocks -- before being sent back home, and back home for good. But to simply deport those accused of serious crimes before trial means they can just come back here under a new identity, hoping they don't get connected to their prior offenses.

It's too late for one of the three people accused of killing Fabiola DePaula -- she's home and scot-free. But we still have two of them in custody. Let them stand trial, serve their sentence if convicted, and THEN sent back to Brazil -- never to return.

Comments (4)

C'mon JayTea, I agree with ... (Below threshold)

C'mon JayTea, I agree with your sentiments, but putting them through trial here isn't going to make a lick of difference as to whether they come back again under a new identity, to pick up where they left off. They snuck over once, they can do it again (until we strengthen our borders), and nobody is going to link them with their previous identity unless they're stupid enough to go back to the same area they were arrested in.

Sure, if they go to trial and get a criminal record attached to themselves, they can't come back legally (I imagine that was your point), but that is little deterrent (these people aren't likely to ever try the legal route anyway, let's be honest) and more importantly, costs you and I money for the trial, jail time, and paperwork. No, I say deport them immediately, crime or no crime, and bill their country of origin for the plane ticket!

Correction: I see that alie... (Below threshold)

Correction: I see that aliens re-entering legally after being convicted wasn't your point - I should have re-read your post before hitting "Post." :-)
I think my point still stands, though.

Why how could anyone possib... (Below threshold)

Why how could anyone possibly suggest that we try and imprison some poor, misbegotten creatures whose only offense was the desire for a better life here in the golden land of opportunity? The mere fact that they happened to kill somebody...well after all, they were only trying to make a living. Naturally they would have done things the right way, that is, education in their chosen field, proper licensing and experience, clean facilities and acceptable emergency policies, if only they had been given the opportunity. But you see, they never had a chance. I mean, being here illegally they were afraid to follow proper procedures. They would have been discovered and possibly deported. So you see, the death of that sucker, er patient, was really the fault of the evil ICE. They were the real victims. Victims of prejudice and racism. The tragedy is this is probably the exact language some whacko, leftist attorney will be spewing in court should these people actually be prosecuted as they certainly should be.

I like your sentencing guid... (Below threshold)

I like your sentencing guideline, JT. However, I would prefer that the state send the miscreants' REMAINS back to their country of origin.







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