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Deport the Criminals First: Boston Bomber Should Have Been Deported?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:41 pm

The link goes to Judicial Watch, and I’d like to see whether the report stands up to scrutiny. But if it’s true? Oh, man:

One of the Chechen terrorists who carried out the Boston Marathon bombings could have been deported years ago after a criminal arrest and/or conviction and the other was granted American citizenship on the 11th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the 26-year-old killed in a wild shootout with police, was a legal U.S. resident who nevertheless could have been removed from the country after a 2009 domestic violence arrest and conviction, according to a Judicial Watch source. That means the Obama administration missed an opportunity to deport Tsarnaev but evidently didn’t feel he represented a big enough threat.

Other reporting confirms Tsarnaev’s arrest for domestic violence but we’re seeking confirmation of a conviction. Nevertheless he would have been subject to removal for the arrest itself.

Ouch. But there’s a big caveat noted at Hot Air:

Gabe Malor notes on Twitter that the Judicial Watch piece about Tamelan Tsarnaev’s 2009 domestic-violence arrest doesn’t specifically say that Tsarnaev was convicted. JW’s trying to nail that down. You can be deported for an arrest if you’re a visa holder but, per Gabe, they need to convict you in order to deport you if you’re a permane[n]t resident, as Tsarnaev reportedly was.

Then we have this:

Meanwhile, we have the suspect surrounded, which we are covering in a separate post.

16 Responses to “Deport the Criminals First: Boston Bomber Should Have Been Deported?”

  1. Also reported that a foreign government warned U.S. that we’d better keep an eye on the older brother.

    Colonel Haiku (f1519c)

  2. Yup!

    Gazzer (35fe93)

  3. Well, tell you what. I would want to have a look at all immigrants under 40yo who have spent more than 30 days outside the country in the past year who have ordered pressure cookers.

    crosspatch (6adcc9)

  4. Daily Mail: Feds ‘investigating possibility that the government’s terror-trackers knew about the Boston bombers before the blasts’.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  5. mom liked to make fried chicken in a pressure cooker cause of she said that way it didn’t mess up her whole kitchen

    around this time she and her accomplice – “dad” – they went to spain and they took a hydrofoil to africa and she rode an elephant, but they were only gone a couple weeks

    I never thought anything of it til now

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  6. But an official inside the Department of Homeland Security with knowledge of federal law enforcement activities in Massachusetts has claimed to MailOnline that Tamerlan was on the radar screen of agents in Boston between his return to the U.S. and the end of the fall.

    The source, who has been contradicted by other officials, said that in 2012 federal law enforcement received tips from inside a Boston mosque about young Muslims, including some converts, who were becoming radicalized into anti-American zealots as their knowledge of their religion grew.

    Tamerlan was allegedly one of those radicals, and attracted the attention of an informant working with an agency attached to the Boston-area Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). That informant communicated observations about the man to a government handler, the source said.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  7. Sorry. Comment #6 is a quote from the link at comment #4.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  8. i saw Giuliani tonight saying that he sure hoped that we would all come together and not try to make partisan points about . . . [and here he listed several topics, specifically including immigration].

    In climbing up on the supposed moral high ground, Giuliani handed the left a cudgel with which it can beat those of us who want to raise completely legitimate issues such as the one raised in this post — issues that bear upon our future safety, and have nothing whatsoever to do with partisan politics.

    Heck of a job, Rudy.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  9. if rudy is pimping the dead bostonian people for to help roobs and meghan’s coward daddy ram through their unvetted immigration scheme he probably has a good reason

    someone’s probably paying him good money I bet

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  10. The non-partisan civility ship of state sailed a long, long time ago.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  11. Actually, DRJ I think it was scuttled.

    Gazzer (35fe93)

  12. JW seems to be competing with CNN and the NY Post over who can misreport more news more irresponsibly than whom. They had no business running this piece until/unless they had confirmation of a conviction. Also FYI your link to Hot Air is bad, I presume you meant to link here:

    Xrlq (effebe)

  13. I wonder if it was the same agent who declined to deport Tamerlan who didn’t want to investigate Zacarias Moussaoui, and his laptop?
    There’s a culture there within the government that gets people killed.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  14. I agree askeptic, but I think it’s caused by relentless indoctrination by the media and the politicians and the political appointees that “profiling” is racist.

    It must stop.

    Patricia (be0117)

  15. I don’t think it’s a great idea to deport (and not follow up on) possible terrorists like these ones:

    Boston bombing suspect photographed car with ‘Terrorista #1′ license plate – New York Post Monday, April 22, 2013

    Two of Dzhokhar’s pals at UMass Dartmouth, who neighbors said rent or lease the car, were arrested by federal officials yesterday afternoon for immigration violations.

    The students, who sources identified only by their first names, Azamat and Dias, face deportation.

    Friends of accused Boston bomber taken into custody in New Bedford, Mass. Azmat and Diaz — as they’re known to their neighbors — were cuffed and hauled out of their apartment shortly before 4 p.m. on Saturday. New York Daily News

    By the way, Dzhokhar was seen talking to them in Russian by college students after the bombing.

    Maybe it’s all just a big joke, but before sending them away somebody should find out. And if they’ve been committing crimes here – the car is expensive – the question would be who paid for it – that ought not to be let go.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  16. They are from Kazakhstan.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

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