The AP obtained records showing Tomas Martinez-Maldonado had been deported 10 times, and removed from the US 9 times since 2003. Maldonado, a Mexican national, is accused of raping a 13 year old girl while on a Grey Hound bus.
Via The Wichita Eagle: U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, from Iowa and chairman of the judiciary committee, co-signed a Dec. 9 letter with Moran and Roberts to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, calling it “an extremely disturbing case” and questioning how Martinez-Maldonado was able to re-enter and remain in the country.
Maldonado had previously served two separate sentences of 60 and 165 days after becoming a repeat offender on deportation charges. Hopefully under a Trump administration repeat offenders will receive more severe punishments before such situations escalate out of control.
David Trevino, a Topeka immigration attorney said the following: “(President-elect Donald Trump) can build a wall 100 feet high and 50 feet deep, but it is not going to keep family members separated. So if someone is deported and they have family members here … they will find a way back — whether it is through the air, under a wall, through the coast of the United States”.
Such sentiments fall on death ears for those who want the laws of the United States and its border respected. Abiding by the law may be inconvenient, however breaking it must come with consequences.
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