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  • Commissioner calls for investigation of"haven"for illegal immigrants

    Posted on Sat, Oct. 07, 2006

    Probe of DWI court sought
    Commissioner calls for investigation of `haven' for illegal immigrants
    MELISSA MANWARE
    mmanware@charlotteobserver.com

    County Commissioner Dan Bishop has asked Mecklenburg County leaders to investigate whether county employees working with the DWI Treatment Court have helped illegal immigrants avoid deportation.

    Bishop, a Republican from District 5, asked for a report from the county manager, sheriff, and Department of Community Corrections at the commissioners' Oct. 17 meeting.

    The head of the state's probation program told the Observer that his officers had overheard court officials talk about sending illegal immigrants arrested for driving while intoxicated to treatment centers so they didn't go to jail and have their immigration status checked.

    Topics: illegal immigration, Mecklenburg County, DWI, illegal immigrants, crimes, safe haven, Sheriff Jim Pendergraph, residency status

    "Allegations have been made that there is kind of a safe haven," Bishop said. "I want to make sure we understand thoroughly everything that is happening."

    Last spring, Mecklenburg Sheriff Jim Pendergraph unveiled a new enforcement system in which deputies check the residency status of every foreign-born person brought to the jail on criminal charges.

    The DWI treatment court, partially funded by the county, is a 12-month voluntary program for people convicted of drunken driving at least twice. People in the program can be sent to treatment centers or to jail. If they were arrested before the residency checks began, they can avoid deportation by going to treatment center instead of going back to the jail.

    Last year, the Democratic majority defeated a Republican plan to deny illegal immigrants services run or funded by the county, such as mental health or homeless shelters.

    Bishop said news that the treatment court, which gets some county funding, could aid illegal immigrants raised the issue again.

    "I think a cogent, calm examination of this issue is appropriate," he said.

  • #2
    Posted on Sat, Oct. 07, 2006

    Probe of DWI court sought
    Commissioner calls for investigation of `haven' for illegal immigrants
    MELISSA MANWARE
    mmanware@charlotteobserver.com

    County Commissioner Dan Bishop has asked Mecklenburg County leaders to investigate whether county employees working with the DWI Treatment Court have helped illegal immigrants avoid deportation.

    Bishop, a Republican from District 5, asked for a report from the county manager, sheriff, and Department of Community Corrections at the commissioners' Oct. 17 meeting.

    The head of the state's probation program told the Observer that his officers had overheard court officials talk about sending illegal immigrants arrested for driving while intoxicated to treatment centers so they didn't go to jail and have their immigration status checked.

    Topics: illegal immigration, Mecklenburg County, DWI, illegal immigrants, crimes, safe haven, Sheriff Jim Pendergraph, residency status

    "Allegations have been made that there is kind of a safe haven," Bishop said. "I want to make sure we understand thoroughly everything that is happening."

    Last spring, Mecklenburg Sheriff Jim Pendergraph unveiled a new enforcement system in which deputies check the residency status of every foreign-born person brought to the jail on criminal charges.

    The DWI treatment court, partially funded by the county, is a 12-month voluntary program for people convicted of drunken driving at least twice. People in the program can be sent to treatment centers or to jail. If they were arrested before the residency checks began, they can avoid deportation by going to treatment center instead of going back to the jail.

    Last year, the Democratic majority defeated a Republican plan to deny illegal immigrants services run or funded by the county, such as mental health or homeless shelters.

    Bishop said news that the treatment court, which gets some county funding, could aid illegal immigrants raised the issue again.

    "I think a cogent, calm examination of this issue is appropriate," he said.

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      1. DWI is a crime.
      2. DWI often leads to fatal accidents.

      For above mentioned reasons the perpetrators must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of law possible and they definitely should be deported if statutes allow so.
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