takes four from county jail
Wanda English Burnett - Editor
Four illegal aliens were taken by immigration officials from the
Ripley County Jail on Tuesday, September 4. They will be deported
back to Mexico, according to Dennis Pippin, jail commander.
Pippin noted that he had received a fax a few months back from ICE
(Immigrations & Customs Enforcement) saying any illegal immigrants
with a D felony or higher would be deported. He noted that he faxed
his booking sheets to the proper authorities.
More recently, Pippin was in correspondence with ICE and was told
any illegal alien would be deported, regardless of the charge.
According to Gail Montenegro, spokesperson with US Immigration &
Customs Enforcement, they have been working closely with county
jails and prisons in the six states her office is over. Weve
been sending information to jail commanders letting them know what
were looking for, she told The Versailles Republican.
She said letters were sent to all county jails about the Criminal
Alien program, which is a detention and removal system. While the
program is not new, Montenegro said the department has a renewed
focus to remove criminal illegal aliens.
Once the illegal aliens are taken from the county jails, the deportation
process begins, according to Montenegro. She noted that the process
varies with each individual case, with some being deported immediately,
and others taking a while.
Montenegro explained that ICE is the enforcement arm of the immigration
service and was reorganized under the Homeland Security Act in 2003.
The four deported on Tuesday were all serving sentences on various
charges. They include:
Florencio Trejo, 31, Versailles, charged with Driving While
Ernesto Trejo, 28, Dillsboro, charged with Operation While
Intoxicated with prior in five years.
Pedro Mulato, 32, Indianapolis, charged with theft.
Moreno Guillermo, 25, Laurel, charged with Operating While
Pippin said in interviews, all four of the inmates admitted they
were here illegally. He noted that Florencio Trejo was the only
one with a social security number, but found through investigation
that it was bought, and was not valid.