[Attorney General Milgram warns N.J. law enforcement about role in immigration program, Newark Star-Ledger, September 2, 2009]It's been just over two years since four promising Newark college students were shot execution style on a neighborhood schoolyard by a gang of mostly illegal aliens, some with previous arrests for violent crimes. Three of the students died and one survived after being left for dead. Both girls were brutally slashed in the face with a machete.
MORRISTOWN — The state's attorney general is warning local law enforcement agencies seeking to deputize officers as immigration agents not to ethnically or racially profile people, but one mayor has fired back with an admonishment of his own. [...]
Under [Attorney General] Milgram's guidelines, state, county and local law enforcement officers must not act as immigration officials when patrolling the streets. Deputized officers may question people's immigration status after they have been arrested for serious violations, she said.
Monmouth County and Morristown, along with the Hudson County Department of Corrections, are among 79 departments nationwide that have been accepted into the program, known as 287(g), which was overhauled to allay fears it would be used to target or harass immigrant groups.
One of the accused, illegal alien Rodolfo Godinez, had been previously arrested over a bar fight where he critically wounded a man by stabbing him in the back. Did authorities keep this obviously dangerous man behind bars? No, they released him. Peruvian illegal alien Jose Carranza had been arrested for raping a five-year-old girl, but he was let go also.
State and local officials made a big deal about increased crime-fighting measures after the murders, but Newark remains a sanctuary city and now the state AG wants to prevent local police from using 287(g), one of the most effective strategies for getting dangerous foreign criminals off the streets and out of the country.
Law enforcement's failure to punish and deport at least two obviously dangerous men who apparently went on to commit the horrific triple murders shows that a more systematic approach to removing illegal alien criminals is needed in New Jersey, which the wider implementation of 287(g) would provide. The AG's idea of ending it is upside down.
The trials of the six accused are supposed to begin this fall. The heartbroken parents are hoping for some sort of closure.
Below, the three college students who were killed.