I guess this will be a test of Donald Trump’s political sincerity…of sorts.
His talking points are all over the case of Keane Dean, a Filipino who was in the United States illegally.
Dean (presumably of mixed parentage) was free on $10,000 bond while he contested his immigrant status when he allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in July. He had been targeted for deportation due to his previous criminal record which involved other crimes of a sexual nature. He appears to have been prone to certain sexually inappropriate behaviors that eventually landed him in Kern Valley State Prison here in California.
After serving his time at Kern Valley State Prison, Dean was turned over to immigration authorities in October 2014 and housed at the Adelanto detention facility.
Since late 2012, immigration detainees at Adelanto and three other local facilities have received a bond hearing within six months as a result of a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Southern California and others. Detainees entitled to the hearings are those in mandatory detention because of their criminal histories — including some lawful permanent residents — and those caught trying to enter the country without documentation.
For the immigration judge to deny the bond, the government must prove that the detainee is a flight risk or a danger to the community.
“This injunction will not flood our streets with fearsome criminals seeking to escape the force of American immigration law,” Judge Kim Wardlaw of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in an April 2013 opinion affirming the need for the bond hearings.
Dean was released April 29 after posting $10,000 bond.
The bonds give detainees, many of whom have lived in the United States for years, a chance to reunite with their families while fighting their deportations, said Ahilan Arulanantham, deputy legal director at the ACLU of Southern California.
I doubt Keane was as “violent” a criminal as he was a sexually repressed one. Still, I don’t believe the parents of his 14-year-old victim would see it that way.
He is accused of sexually assaulting the girl in his Santa Clarita home in north Los Angeles county. I’m not sure if kidnapping or false imprisonment will be charges leveled against Keane (it appears not, so far), but she was discovered at his home after he told police he did not know her whereabouts.
The parents of the 14-year-old girl discovered she was missing about 9:30 p.m. on July 14. Sheriff’s deputies checked her phone records and found she had recently spoken with Dean. He answered when they called and said he did not know where the girl was, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies found the girl in the garage of Dean’s Santa Clarita home. She told them that Dean had sexually assaulted her, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Evidently, Keane was not unknown to immigration authorities, but they won’t elaborate on the nature of their previous interactions.
After his release, Dean complied with requirements to check in regularly with immigration authorities, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement contractors visited his home, said Virginia Kice, an agency spokeswoman. He wore a GPS monitor as part of his parole on the state criminal charges. Kice said Dean had come to ICE’s attention prior to his 2014 convictions, but she could not say why he had not been deported earlier.
At question is the practice of the government granting bond to illegal aliens despite their flight risk, and the standard upon which it is based (“that the detainee is a flight risk or a danger to the community”).
Personally, I agreed with the general thesis of Donald Trump’s statements from June, but I have this niggling feeling that his rhetoric is fueled by his distaste for Hispanics while shrouding his venom in anti-illegal alien hyperbole. Many reasonable Hispanics suspect this as well but we are generally not the type to make much hay about it. We are a fatalistic bunch who happily shrug our shoulders while lamenting, “That is just the way of the world.”
I’m not expecting to hear much from Trump in response to this alleged sex crime by an illegal alien not named “Garcia.” Certainly not nearly the same squawking we heard from him over an alleged murder by someone named Sanchez.