Is Nebraska Starting to Finally Get It?

nebraska_capitol_675x450_rotatorLast week, a Nebraska judge set a $2 million bond in the case of Hondoruan illegal alien Orline Carrasco-Zelaya. Zelaya is accused of comitting a fatal hit and run while under the influence and fleeing the scene of a crime in Douglas County, Nebraska. Ordered for deportation in 2012, Zelaya has been on the the run from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  using the alias Edwin Elivir-Palma to hide his true identity. Under this alias, Zelaya was arrested and convicted in Florida, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.

Omaha Police concluded that they booked Zelaya who had been arrested four times previously for DUI offenses.  The local news station also found information regarding his fifth DUI:  “WOWT 6 News has obtained paperwork for a recent DUI out of Cass County where he also faced charges of reckless driving, driving without a license, open container and a seat belt violation in the summer of 2015.”

Last week, ICE told a local news station: “no one was able to properly identify him by his real name after he didn’t show for that previous DUI hearing. This week they fingerprinted Elvir-Palma and were able to properly identify him.”

This isn’t the first time an illegal alien from Honduras has been charged with a DUI in Douglas County. In Feburary, Eswin Mejia hit and killed Sarah Root while driving drunk and is now number three on ICE’s Top 10 Most Wanted List.

Mejia was not a priority for ICE because under the Obama administration’s newly instituted federal Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), he was not an alien that posed a danger to national security, or had been convicted of a felony, “significant” misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors.

Douglas County Sheriffs were only able to identify Zelaya using his fingerprints, reavealing his true identity as a wanted fugitive due to his previous deportation order issued by ICE. However, Zeyala was never detained by federal immigation officials for his previous DUI arrests and convictions in any of the states in which he was arrested, exposing the problem of limiting localities’ cooperation with federal immigration authorities through sanctuary policies.

The two cases highlight the numerous breakdowns within our immigration system on a local, state, and federal level. In both cases, the Douglas County Sheriff’s office, despite its sanctuary policy, contacted ICE to place detainers on the suspects. Mejia had multiple charges, previous bench warrants for his arrest, and  allegedly killed someone under the influence. Zelaya is suspected to have committed five DUI offenses among other charges and is presently under arrest for vehicluar homicide.

While states try to encourage more involvelment, they are realizing the process of actually apprehending and turning over crimninals to federal agencies places them  in Catch 22. The federal government has created national sanctuary policies through a series of policy decisions that place about 87 percent of immigration law-breakers off-limits to enforcement. Even when local governments try to do the right thing, they are often thwarted by politically driven policies that prevent ICE from taking custody and removing aliens who have a track record of endangering public safety.

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  1. avatar

    It’s about time the whole U.S.A., especially the bleeding hearts in this Country, get it. Deport them all and keep them out of my Country.

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    Pizzon Liberals on

    Put him in a cell, weld the door shut, cover it with sheet steel except for a slot to pass bread and water through. No communications with anyone.
    Let him out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. In 2116.

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    Sherry Brookshire on

    I know of an illegal living in this nation & I have reported this individual twice to immigration & this individual has smuggler on his record. This was reported 5 years ago & this person is still living here. I gave them his address the whole 9 yards & know for a fact they milk the system & we the American tax payers have paid for his wife to have 3 children while they live pretty dog gone good.. He even changed his name & I gave immigration his real name & the name he’s using. We Americans should stand up & say no more illegals , send them back to their own country & secure the border. If they want to be in the US then go about it legally. It’s very disrespectful to our nation & to American citizens of which is costing us dearly & to the people who are going about it legally.

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      Not to mention Sherry Brookeshire, our country is on the verge of collapse and we are all going under, the government dream and the New World Order.

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      My wife worked at a restaurant about 5 years ago and all the cooks were illegals. I reported it to ICE. Nothing ever happened. They don’t care, which is why were are in the sad shape we are in.

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        Richard Harris on

        Can you imagine the number of tape worm infections that are being spread from that restaurant?

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      George Ambrosia on

      Suggest that you stop in to your Congress person’s office and provide this same information to him/her. Then ask why does ICE not do their assigned mission. Also ask what am I paying income taxes for.

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    Nancy Pelosi was apologizing to Mexico today for all those terrible [but true] things some Americans are saying about them.

    Maybe something like this: Mexico is a corrupt violent country whose dismal human rights record has been repeatedly spelled out by many rights organizations, including Amnesty International. Amnesty says the government turns a “blind eye” to extra judicial killings. A panel of international investigators recently brought in to investigate the disappearance of 43 college students a couple years ago announced last week that they are unable to perform their job because of stonewalling by the Mexican government. Their biggest drug lord escaped not once but twice from their “maximum security” prison, being gone 13 years the first time.

    Pelosi may want to kow tow to Mexico because she thinks it will buy her some votes, but she betrays this country and her state when she does so. The truth needs no apologies.

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      interesting…I remember my teen years and the manager of a store got 4 DUIs driving the 4th time on the opposite direction against a lady’s car…….result….he never went tp jail……………

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        What does your changing the subject, and who knows how true it is, have to do with what I said?