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Illegal Immigrant and convicted killer, but set free by Feds?


After 16-year-old Ashton Cline-McMurray was brutally murdered, his mother took some comfort in hearing that at least some of her son's killers would never walk American streets again.


It's the reason why Sandra Hutchinson agreed with letting the purported gang members, several of them illegal immigrants, plead guilty to lesser charges. She says the prosecutor reassured her that, after their criminal sentences were finished, those in the country illegally would be deported.


But instead of being deported to his native Cambodia, Heng is back on American streets.


"It's crazy," Hutchinson said. "They're just letting them back out there to do it to somebody else."


Heng is free in America thanks to a little-known Supreme Court decision from 2001, Zadvydas v. Davis, which forbids federal immigration authorities from detaining illegal immigrants who have been ordered deported for more than six months.


The Supreme Court carved out a few exceptions for terrorism and other cases, but in the vast majority of cases, illegal immigrants must be released after 180 days if they aren't deported, often because their home countries aren't cooperating.


"The government is releasing him because it has no choice," said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, which generally supports tougher enforcement on immigration matters. "We can't deport people unless their home country will take them back," Vaughan said.


Do you think this puts the public at risk?


Answer Question

Asked by myame at 1:53 PM on Mar. 1, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (8)
  • yes they are

    Answer by FIVEHAPPYHEARTS at 1:56 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • Just read some more on this topic.... Yes, this is another way the Feds are putting the public at risk.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:01 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • Of coarse it does! Deporting means nothing. When illegals are deported they just walk their asses right back into this country. Feds don't give a rats ass about the American people.

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 2:08 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • Goes to show you the Supreme court isn't always right.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 2:26 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • What the bloody freaking hell.

    Answer by lovinangels at 3:14 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • They are putting people at risk.

    Answer by FricknFrack at 3:34 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • Nice.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 6:34 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • Who cares if their country doesn't want them back!! Tough shit for them he's not our responsibility and we should just fly him over their country and parachute his ass down.

    Answer by brandy0827 at 7:24 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

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