Dealing Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Cards to Illegals

In another assault on public safety and commonsense, a national coalition of immigration enthusiasts is pushing “no-cash bail” policies to spring criminal aliens from local lockups.

The jailbreak is led by the Fair Punishment Project and two migrant-defense organizations that bemoan President Donald Trump’s “barbaric immigration policies.”

The group’s report – “The Promise of Sanctuary Cities and the Need for Criminal Justice Reforms in an Era of Mass Deportation” – never uses the term “illegal immigrants” in its 35 pages. Nor does it offer any evidence that America is in an era of mass deportation. But the study lumps illegal alien criminals in with garden-variety offenders who are, it is asserted, abused by the American criminal-justice system.

“The (cash bail) system keeps poor people in jail because they cannot pay,” the study states.

Obvious as that may be, the Fair Punishment Project argues that illegal immigrants charged with criminal offenses are entitled to a get-out-of-jail-free card. Why?

Because keeping them behind bars “makes many noncitizens sitting ducks for ICE.”

And the problem with that is?

The progressive-left’s campaign for reduced (or no) bail overreaches when it extends a free pass to criminal aliens who, by definition, pose a flight risk.

Putting up cash surety – with the amount contingent on the severity of the offense and the risk of flight – keeps dangerous individuals off the street. At minimum, money bonds incentivize defendants to show up in court.

Alternatively, more personal-recognizance releases strain law enforcement and increase costs with GPS tracking gear and added staff supervision, as Harris County (Houston) contends in an ongoing court challenge.

Fair Punishment’s report actually makes the case for setting cash bail.

“For localities that notify or otherwise cooperate with ICE, setting bail increases the likelihood that ICE will have time to issue a detainer,” the study acknowledges.

In the sanctuary city of Austin, Texas, newly elected District Attorney Margaret Moore intends to ask judges to raise the bail amounts for immigrant offenders to ensure they are not released before prosecution.

“ICE can simply wait until the individual finally walks out of jail,” Fair Punishment observes.


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Content written by Federation for American Immigration Reform staff.


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    With More Immigration OVERPOPULATION DEBT on Americans Shoulders

    Soon we’ll be playing with fake Monopoly money along with get of jail free cards for the illegals…

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    First and foremost illegal immigrants in this country do not have all of the constitutional rights the only constitutional right that illegals have is due process if they entered this country illegally they are all at risk for deportation we are a country of legal immigrants and it needs to stay that way when my family came over they were detained for 6 months they had to have a medical background check and a background check and they had to prove to the government they were not going to be a burden also they had to learn English

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    Sanctuary Cities are nothing more than holding pens for prey for Illegal Alien Criminals. Never mentioned is the existence of the U Visa which protects Illegal Aliens who report or are a victim of crime. I wonder why?
    U.S.Sanctuary Bills in Maryland Faced a Surprise Foe: Legal Immigrants

    “The failure of the sanctuary bills in Maryland reveals a potentially troublesome fissure for Democrats as they rush to defy Mr. Trump. Their party has staked out an activist position built around protecting undocumented immigrants. But it is one that has alienated many who might have been expected to support it.”

    Obama administration has admitted that Sanctuary Cities are a problem:

    But, within the above letter, doesn’t really address what the Obama administration will actually do about it to protect US Citizens:

    IGS poll: Californians oppose sanctuary city policies

    “Californians strongly oppose “sanctuary city” policies under which local authorities ignore federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants who have been arrested but are about to be released, according to a new poll released today by the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) at UC Berkeley.”

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    The Problem With Downplaying Immigrant Crime
    Information on Incarcerations, Arrests, and Costs
    Criminal immigrants reoffend at higher rates than ICE has suggested

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    Its a Three Step Process

    1. Build the Wall.
    2. Throw the illegal convict invaders over the wall.
    3. Let Mexico pay their attorney fees to put ’em prison and feed ’em; or deport ’em.

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    let them rape and kill americans the left is not part of America or americans this is law and order time fake *** barry is gone a traitor

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      Silver Fox are yo sure you mean what you say?…..You behavior and message, resembles that of the terrorists Muslims to Islam what you would be to the Constitution and our land in our way of life.

      I would suggest you take some ice and place it in both of your faces.

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    The left does not recognize that we have borders. But why obey any laws if they can be ignored at will when it suits your convenience or agenda. Obama just gave one of his condescending lectures, the kind where he acts like you are a two year old who needs to be explained to, where he decried “nationalism”. I thought that he ran for president of this nation. But apparently he forgot to tell us he was running for president of the world.

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      They recognize there are borders but also they recognize that We as The People allowed for this to happen and the American way to fix this is to fix the best for all for the best future possible. Make right where it is wrong. Yes indeed throw out the gangs, and criminals but the ones that contributed to the American Dream. As simple as that.

      If you do not grasp that, then you know who you are as an American if you can call yourself that, Example, the president’s mother came as a maid to stay, his grandfather the same, and so the wife……..if the law is the same for everybody how come she is permitted to stay, else had not been true about the illegal working activity she would have already come out and proved it wrong…..Hillary was accused by Trump to be a thief and the same to the current Congress, yet his father was from the same team and incurred the wealth through the same means what makes him a hypocrite….and now his sons basically no education the way they speak….

      Now we see the Russians have been working on Trump for a long time, deceiving him with money but their true intentions is what we are going through destabilizing our democracy….but you like some being taken as fools. Putin defending Trump…since when has anybody from the Cold War ever done that…we are their enemies, they despise our way of life….BUT NO you Leland agree with the Russians and are in complete agreement we let them own our land and s=the same you aopprovr Kushner’s China purchases of the green card…I do not say do with your feedback and statements….

      I stick to this land with one label The People…that is all….

      The point being most people have some blame but nobody wants to take responsibility. There is a difference between the left and the right. Most of the left are better suited as politicians and more experience as politicians to care about the people, on the right all they want most is to take advantage of the land, our Oil for their own benefit……….example Carter vs Reagan,,,,,and now what we have….

      You are so worried about the stupid Wall that is an easy problem to solve than solving the real issues for our future children……

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        So my fellow American Leland…here we are fighting on stupid things while another year doing nothing soon. The Russians or a subset of the USSR i laughing at us because they were able to divide us to the point they are breaking our allies relationships for then to gain momentum, and unfortunately Trump is the ideal puppet that is what they are calling them and how he is behaving. Age is important especially at that age without any political experience means, he will never learn or listen to anybody…

        So to stick to the issue at hand…..the reason these illegals are not kept in the jails is because of how the system works and the money that it takes to hold them in jails.

        SO again, Republicans, Democrats, independents AND THE PEOPLE have to act, get together to make sure all these gangs and real criminals…not the good ones, once caught are OUT.

        REMEMBER Leland nothing is going to happen until we unite as people again. Trump is not helping in his childish behavior to put all this in place n instead derailing the efforts…..

        The wall makes no difference, er are in the 21st century we have other means seamlessly to do this..a no brainer…

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          “For them to gain Momentum” = china joining forces with Russia in joint military forces and China is looking to expand its military bases….for sure Putin coached him on it……..

          So with all these interruptions, the issue with the criminal illegals being released does need to be put in a comprehensive immigration reform to fix all this and enforce the Law. Anybody that comes to reply this just simply means had no ability to reason and understand what was written and the reasoning, implication and results in short term, if done.

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      So Leland I do not hear you anymore….I guess I made you think…hope you come around and make a difference next election…..