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May 28, 2013 - 10:03 am

Connecticut’s senior senator is wading further into the case of an illegal immigrant scheduled to be deported after he was picked up in a robbery case, claiming that the Group of Eight immigration bill would keep him in the country.

Josemaria Islas was arrested last year, near the factory where he works, on suspicion of involvement in the theft of a bicycle. Islas spent four months in jail awaiting trial; with scant evidence, the judge reduced the charge to a misdemeanor breach of peace and ordered “accelerated rehabilitation” that would expunge the charge from his record within three months.

Immigration activists say Connecticut officials broke their promise to “only honor ICE hold requests for convicted criminals who are threats to public safety or national security,” and put an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold on Islas, who has been in the country for eight years.

Islas’ history reportedly includes being caught by the Border Patrol four times while trying to cross illegally into the U.S.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal today wrote ICE Director John Morton for the second time asking him to stop the deportation, arguing that “possible legislation …might allow him to remain in this country.”

Blumenthal claims that a section of the Group of Eight immigration reform bill provides for immigrants subject to a final removal order to receive registered provisional immigrant status and terminate the removal order.

“As a member of the Judiciary Committee who took an active role in shaping S. 744, I was pleased that the committee approved legislation to retain provisions that would protect immigrants like Mr. Islas,” Blumenthal wrote. “Further, the Board of Immigration Appeals continues to wrestle with the question of whether the deportation of an immigrant with Mr. Islas’s history violates the Eighth Amendment’s protections against cruel and unusual punishment and Fifth Amendment due process rights.”

“The legal basis for deporting Mr. Islas has been questioned by Congress and challenged in the courts. More fundamentally, Mr. Islas has no criminal record, and there is no evidence that he poses any threat to his neighbors in the United States,” the senator’s appeal continues. “Rather, Mr. Islas’s history indicates that if he is allowed to remain in the country he calls home he will use that opportunity to continue contributing to the community that he has embraced and that has embraced him. I understand and respect the difficult and important tasks that ICE faces, but I cannot understand how deporting Mr. Islas would be the best use of ICE’s resources or best serve the intent of the law.”

Blumenthal said “deporting Mr. Islas or others like him while the legal basis for their deportation may yet be eliminated would be wasteful, unfair, and unduly harsh.”

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Rose DeLauro (D-Conn.) have also been lobbying ICE to revoke the deportation order against Islas.

Immigration activists have latched onto the case as a rallying point, staging a number of demonstrations outside court and congressional offices.

“Once immigration reform is enacted, he may find himself on a path towards a green card and eventual U.S. citizenship,” Murphy wrote to ICE.

DeLauro and Blumenthal argued in an earlier letter that “it seems grossly unfair to be deporting individuals today solely on immigration violations, given the possible legal path to residency they could be offered in a few months.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Let him stay because he would be allowed to stay under pending legislation? How about you give me a million dollars NOW because I MIGHT earn that in my lifetime!
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what a joke!! these PC jellyfish pols!! this demcrt says, we have 2many legal immgrts, let alone illegal ones!! we citizens need 2 protest!! no amnesty!!!
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This is just the beginning of what will happen once the immigration bill passes.
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CT corrupt-o-crats have been holding the gates open for the barbarians for years. Traitors all.

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Meanwhile we have a family of Christian Germans who are going to be deported because they homeschool.
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@Miss Lolly: Why would the family be deported because they are homeschooled. Dosen't make amy sense. I think there is more to your story.
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You haven't heard this? Really?

In Germany it is illegal to homeschool your children. The parents face arrest and WILL loose their children if they are returned.

ICE had already granted them their green cards when the Holder crowd directly interfered and filed charges challenging their immigration status. Their attorney decided to approach the case on a religious persecution stance.

Because ALL people in Germany are not allowed to homeschool their children the judge decided they didn't face anything different than any other German and could not claim assylum under freedom of religion. So they lost their case and are to be deported back to German where the parents will be arrested and their children taken by the state.

These are people who are not on welfare and don't cost the taxpayer a dime - and these are the people obama and company has decided to deport while giving instruction for every illiterate hispanic south to our border on how to get food stamps and welfare.

So..........what am I missing?
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Wow, this is a landmark in jurisprudence--anticipatory exoneration! Played right, this can be a huge cost-cutting measure. Just imagine, we can predict which crimes a future society might repeal and just release those who have committed them in our era. If we assume that the people of the year 2525 will use methamphetamine as a salad topping...voila, empty the jails!
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Just the kinda guy we need more of! Doing the "breach of peace" native born citizens just won't do.

BTW, what happened to the factory that employed this illegal alien? What penalties have been brought down on the company? Was the owner fined for hiring an illegal? And what SS number did Mr. Islas use to obtain his job?
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