Tucson is not the only place having tons of fun with illegal immigrant issues.
An illegal immigrant in Immokalee, Fla., allegedly stabbed a teen to death because the teen was guilty of a most heinous offense, according to a report by Brent Batten in the Naples News.
The teen, 17-year-old Charlie Guzman, was brazen enough to speak English, right here in America.
Death may have seemed the only logical consequence.
Guzman and some of his friends went to hang out in an apartment building’s laundry room around 3 a.m. on Dec. 21, the report says, when they encountered illegal immigrant Mauricio Escalante, 33, and two others who were already there.
The two groups started talking, then arguing, because Guzman and his pals were speaking English instead of Spanish.
Escalante reportedly ran to a nearby apartment and came back with a knife. Goodbye Guzman.
“So much for the notion that illegal immigrants are universally a hard-working, law abiding set committed to doing the jobs Americans won’t do, all while trying to assimilate,” Batten said.
He does admit that many fit that mold, but there are bound to be some rotten apples.
Guzman’s murder came on the heels of a two-part Naples News story explaining the Collier County sheriff’s program that targets illegal immigrants that break the law and deports them, Batten explained. More than 2,000 illegal immigrants have been deported or are awaiting deportation through the program in the past two years.
“Deputies, through extra training, are empowered to enforce federal laws and begin deportation proceedings as they see fit,” he wrote. “In places without the program, local authorities have to rely on federal agents to undertake the deportation process against known illegal immigrants residing in their jails, a demand the feds are not always prepared to meet.”
Relying on federal agents sounds kind of familiar, no? As mentioned by Mark Evans in his report on Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s budget plan:
“The most interesting of her intended solutions include transferring all state prisoners who are illegal immigrants and eligible for parole to the federal government for deportation back to their home countries.”
Under the Collier County sheriff’s plan, stabbing someone to death is definitely grounds enough for deportation, but one of Escalante’s earlier arrests, of being drunk in public, was not enough.
He got to hang around. And allegedly kill.
What would happen if the situation were reversed, if an English speaker killed a teen for daring to speak Spanish?
What agency should be responsible for deportation?
Are you sick of all this stuff already?
Where are you going to move when you become an expatriate?