Iraqi Immigrant Sues Tom Tancredo For $5 Million, Claims Defamation
Red meat indeed:
A jailed Iraqi immigrant has sued Rep. Tom Tancredo for $5 million, saying that the congressman defamed him during a controversy over so-called catch- and-release immigration enforcement last year.So I guess Tancredo can kiss the
The immigrant, Gavan Alkadi, 46, reportedly emigrated to the U.S. at age 15, but has been in legal limbo for the past several years. He faces deportation proceedings prompted by his various brushes with the law.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation records show he has been arrested more than 30 times in Colorado since 1981 on suspicion of offenses that include DUI and assault. Many of those charges were dismissed.
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"U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo had caused Me Mental Stress and No Sleep Because I am always Thinking Why and How I Became his Poaster child," Alkadi wrote in the filing, which includes many spelling and punctuation errors.
Tancredo an Alkadi last year:
"What prevents our government from doing this - simply repatriating the undesirable alien to his own country of origin, regardless of whether or not the receiving government agrees to accept him?" Trancredo asked in a letter this week to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.A criminal who has an uncertain legal status--"legal limbo"--as a resident of the United States is also unwanted back home in Iraq. That sucks.
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Between his 2005 deportation order and his release in May, he was also sentenced to two years' probation in Boulder County for drug possession.
"I was shocked to learn recently that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Colorado released a dangerous Iraqi into the community despite his extensive court record," Tancredo wrote.
Rusnok said ICE abided by procedures and court precedents.
Alkadi was detained Tuesday because he failed to report to ICE as required by the conditions of his earlier release, Rusnok said. Tancredo told the News he thinks his letter precipitated the arrest.
Alkadi's case is not unique, according to the federal report. In many cases, countries such as China and Iran impose such onerous documentation and travel requirements that they block the deportees' return, the report said.
Tancredo said it is time for the U.S. to deport them anyway.
"We cannot be a haven for all of these crooks," he told the News.
But what is up with getting arrested 31 times? Even if the charges are dropped--due to lack of evidence or an unwillingness to press charges, it is clear that Alkadi is prone to becoming unhinged. If he is still an Iraqi citizen, he should get a one-way ticket back.
We have enough criminals who are American citizens, and don't need legal immigrants/residents or illegal immigrants doing jobs Americans already do in too large a number. This is one type of diversity America could do without.
Freedom Folks has more daily on crimes that don't happen committed by criminals who aren't here. Legally, that is.