3 More Victims of Weak Immigration Enforcement

By James R. Edwards, Jr. on January 24, 2012

The politically-correct immigration practices of the administration led to a rather gruesome murder in Florida, as reported by the Miami Herald.

Career criminal Kesler Dufrene, a Haitian, had been caught red-handed committing a burglary in 2006. He was serving a five-year prison term when Dufrene, who had received a deportation order, was handed over to immigration officers. That was September 2010.

Haiti's tragic January 2010 earthquake proved to be Dufrene's good luck. The Obama administration suspended removals to Haiti following the quake. With no immediate prospect of being sent home, Immigration and Customs Enforcement let Dufrene go, scot-free, onto American streets that October.

On January 2, 2011, Dufrene murdered three strangers in their North Miami home. He had already compiled a long rap sheet of nine arrests, starting with battery of a teacher when he was a teenager.

A couple of observations: The release of a career criminal alien like this, even given the Supreme Court's erroneous rulings against indefinite detention of criminal aliens, should never happen. Congress should exercise its plenary power over immigration to overrule the judicial activists, at least where repeat foreign offenders are concerned.

This administration is even worse than the Bush administration at coddling alien lawbreakers. Political correctness has serious consequences, particularly seen in cases such as Dufrene's. Here's a guy who started going bad early on, never was dealt with satisfactorily by criminal justice or immigration officials, and ended up committing a slew of crimes in the U.S. He never would have done all that harm in this country if immigration officials treated crimes as they should – as serious business that often leads one direction, from bad to worse by the offenders. Thus, aliens who commit any crime should face stiff consequences and be returned home sooner than later. Yet the administration has now instituted wholesale administrative amnesty for immigrants who haven't (yet) committed a "serious" crime.

The outcry to be tough on immigrant crime doesn't equate to being xenophobic or anti-Hispanic. Dufrene, as already noted, was Haitian. The victims of Dufrene's murder were Hispanic. The mother of the murdered 15-year-old, from Nicaragua, said, "This guy shouldn't have been in America. I'm so upset with the whole situation. Because of immigration, my daughter is not alive."