“Deport the Criminals First” — Part Nine of an Ongoing Series: We Also Have to Keep the Criminal Aliens Out, or Deporting Them Won’t Do Any Good, as Shown by the Killing of Amy Kortlang
["Deport the Criminals First" is a recurring feature on this blog, highlighting crimes committed by illegal immigrants -- with a special focus on repeat offenders. I argue that, instead of arresting illegal immigrants who work hard for a living, we should use our limited immigration enforcement resources to target illegal immigrants who commit crimes in this country -- especially violent crimes.]
An essential part of my plan to Deport the Criminals First is border security. Deporting criminals isn’t going to do us any good if the illegal criminals can just sneak back into the country. Blogger Digger illustrates this principle well in a post from last year:
An illegal alien, Rafael Ramirez Perez, hit and killed Amy Kortlang, 22, after causing another accident that injured three others while driving drunk last week, then he fled on foot. Perez has 4 prior arrests in the US and was deported in March, 2006 only to sneak back into the country and kill a young woman while driving drunk. This easily could have been prevented if there was actual border security and if local law enforcement could have actually done something the first time this dirtbag was arrested in this country.
Amy Kortlang had just finished moving into her own place and was a cosmetologist. The accident occurred on State Route 67 when Rafael Ramirez Perez was seen driving at a high speed and passing cars in the southbound lane. He clipped a few vehicles with a company owned white 2000 Ford F-150 truck causing an accident that injured 3 before plowing head-on into Amy Kortlang’s red Honda Civic killing her. After fleeing on foot, police tracked Perez down by contacting the registered owner of the vehicle, an unnamed company. This unnamed company should be fined and prosecuted as well for employing Perez and thus enabling this incident to occur.
Go to Digger’s post for the full run-down on Ramirez’s criminal history. Bottom line: he picked up three DUIs before he was finally deported. But deporting Ramirez didn’t do us any good, because he just came back — and killed Amy Kortlang.
Having thrown Ramirez out of the country, our government owed all of us a duty to keep him out. Its failure to do so cost Amy Kortlang her life.