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Ariz. Officer's Killer Should Have Been Deported

May 09, 2011  | 

The Mexican national accused of killing a Buckeye (Ariz.) Police officer at a Phoenix-area swap meet had mistakenly been classified as a U.S. citizen by California corrections officials.

Cesar Tomas Quiroz-Leon, 27, was transferred to Arizona in 2009 after completing prison time in California, ICE officials report. He was a legal resident who should have been deported after serving time for a felony.

Quiroz-Leon is suspected of shooting Buckeye officers Christopher Paz and Rolando Tirado (who died from his wounds) at the El Gran Mercado swap meet in Phoenix early May 1.

Source: KPHO

Related: Arizona Officer Killed, Second Injured Working Security Detail


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Dan @ 5/9/2011 7:06 PM

But yet we as AZ law enforcement officers (or any LEO for that matter) are forbidden to take action against suspected illegal immigrants. Entering the US is a crime just like any other crime but we are told "hands off" when it comes to illegal immigration. When are we going to stop worrying about offending someone at the cost of the lives of American citizens. I understand that this is the best country in the world. I would want to immigrate here too. We do need to figure out a way to screen and admit those who are not citizens a lot quicker, however, in the mean time, we need to deal with an emormous problem. Everyday, people are becoming victims of crimes ranging from property crimes, to violent crimes, including murder-and we as cops are the number one target. How can we protect our citizens if our hands are cuffed???

Davesam25G @ 5/9/2011 7:38 PM

Cuffs can work against (Broken system) on restraint -Classification issue-Even a PRM needs to be held for Immigration (Why another death)?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aggravated_felony In United States immigration law, the term aggravated felony refers to a broad category of crimes that carry certain severe consequences for aliens seeking asylum, legal “permanent resident” status, citizenship, or avoidance of deportation proceedings. When the category of "aggravated felonies" was added to the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1988, as a response to a heightened concerns about drug abuse, it encompassed only murder and trafficking in drugs or firearms.[1] The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA) and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) both tremendously expanded the category. AEDPA added crimes related to gambling and passport fraud; IIRIRA added a great many more crimes, including certain crimes of a sentence of at least a year regardless of whether the sentence had been suspended. Under present law, 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(43), an aggravated felony includes

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