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Mentally Ill Illegals Now Given ‘Free’ Attorneys

From CNS News:

New DHS, DOJ Policy Helps Insane Illegals Escape Deportation, Detention

By Craig Bannister | May 1, 2013

A new policy issued by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice Department (DOJ) providing new "safeguards" and "enhanced protections" against deportation and detention for illegal immigrants with "serious mental disorders" is already having an impact.

The new policy is described by the Justice Department as "a new nationwide policy for unrepresented immigration detainees with serious mental disorders or conditions that may render them mentally incompetent to represent themselves in immigration proceedings."

In other word, if you pretend to be mentally impaired you get an immigration attorney provided to you by the US taxpayer.

ICE Director John Morton also announced the new policy in a staff memo.

And, yes, this is the same John Morton who did/didn’t resign/retire after it was revealed that ICE had released thousands of illegal aliens, and tried to blame the sequester cuts for their release. But they can afford to do this.

The Justice Department’s new policy guidance dictates that illegal aliens with "serious mental disorders or conditions" being held for deportation proceedings be given qualified representation to help them fight deportation – and a bond hearing so they’ll have the opportunity to go free:

"The policy entails implementation of new procedural protections, including: conducting screening for serious mental disorders or conditions when individuals held for removal proceedings enter a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Health Service Corps (IHSC)-staffed immigration detention facility; working with non-IHSC-staffed immigration detention facilities to identify detainees with serious mental disorders or conditions in those facilities; the availability of competency hearings and independent psychiatric or psychological examinations; procedures that will make available qualified representatives to detainees who are deemed mentally incompetent to represent themselves in immigration proceedings; and bond hearings for detainees who were identified as having a serious mental disorder or condition that may render them mentally incompetent to represent themselves and have been held in immigration detention for at least six months."

The competency examinations will be administered through a program run by the DOJ Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and performed by an independent medical professional

Between the cost of the doctors and the lawyers we suspect this will add up to a lot more expense than it costs to detain an illegal alien. And yet we were told ICE and DHS couldn’t afford to detail illegal aliens because of the sequester cuts.

"DOJ and DHS believe these new procedures will provide enhanced protections to unrepresented immigration detainees with serious mental disorders or conditions that may render them mentally incompetent to represent themselves in immigration proceedings, and will facilitate the conduct of those proceedings. The Government expects these new procedures to be fully operational on a national basis by the end of 2013."

But, the new policy is already having an effect. Just one day after the new policy was announced, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that authorities must provide a lawyer and bond hearing to mentally ill illegal immigrants facing deportation. As KPBS reports:

"For the first time, a group of detainees accused of immigration violations will be given the right to legal counsel.

"A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that authorities must provide detainees facing deportation with an attorney if they’re found incapable of representing themselves due to mental illness.

"Because immigration court is not part of the criminal justice system, defendants are normally required to hire their own lawyer or represent themselves.

"Judge Dolly M. Gee [sic] also ruled that mentally disabled detainees should be given a bond hearing to avoid unnecessary long-term detention."

Luckily, illegal aliens will never hear about this. And therefore they won’t start faking mental illness to get a free lawyer and special treatment.

In any case, it’s clear the Obama administration is now going out of its way to try to keep crazy illegal aliens in our country. Maybe they view insane illegals as even more dependable Democrat voters than the normal illegals.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, May 3rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Mentally Ill Illegals Now Given ‘Free’ Attorneys”

  1. bousquem25

    Our mental health system in this country is basically non-existant and we want to import illegal aliens into this country that are severely mentally ill? What the hell is going to happen to them once they get in, are they going to be sucking disability and medicaid moneys to pay for them?




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