Judicial Watch has released some alarming numbers coming out of Arizona. The newly elected Sheriff there, Paul Penzone, is releasing criminal aliens back onto the streets to the tune of nearly 400 every ten days. He prefers calling them “guests, ” and even though some of them have committed serious crimes, Penzone wants to protect them from deportation.
During a recent 10-day period, more than 400 criminal illegal immigrants were released from the Maricopa County Jail, according to federal law enforcement officials directly involved in the process in Phoenix. Weekdays are the busiest, with an average of about 40 criminal illegal aliens getting released from Maricopa County Jail facilities, the sources said. On weekends the number drops to about ten each day. The illegal aliens have state criminal charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, driving under the influence and drug offenses. “There’s no telling how many criminals he’s (Sheriff Penzone) putting on the streets,” said a high-ranking federal law enforcement official stationed in Arizona.
Penzone has changed the system from its previous format where Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers were notified when an illegal alien was released. Now, ICE receives no notification. If an alien is to be intercepted outside of the jail, a federal agent would have to be posted outside around the clock and check everyone who leaves.
“We can’t stand out there and question everyone that walks out of that jail,” an anonymous federal agent said. “Even if we did, we would have to make arrests on the street, in the middle of protestors, families, and picketers and that will only heighten the danger to agents.”
ICE called Penzone’s new policy an “immediate, dangerous change.” JW has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to look over the official figures and determine how bad the situation has gotten.
Agents are concerned that letting this many criminal aliens back into civilization will spell trouble in the future -- like what happened in Denver, Colorado last year:
The Mexican national, Ever Valles, was released into the community in December even though he was a “known gang member” with a lengthy and violent criminal history. The 19-year-old gangbanger was arrested in October on multiple charges, including possession of a weapon and vehicle theft, and was flagged by ICE for removal. Instead, Denver County officials released Valles without notifying ICE and this month he was arrested and charged with shooting a man to death during a robbery at a rail station in Denver.