Saturday, June 18, 2011

78 Inmates in Surrounding County Jails Have U.S. Immigration Holds (KBTX-TX)

78 Inmates in Surrounding County Jails Have U.S. Immigration Holds
Recent murder charges filed against an illegal immigrant in Brazos County are sparking lots of questions in the community.
Posted: 5:19 PM Jun 16, 2011
Reporter: Alex Villarreal

The discovery of an almost fully decomposed body has led to a murder charge and the arrest of Waldemar Monterroso, who's in the country illegally. He's not the only one with a U.S. Immigration Hold, in fact, Brazos County currently has 46.

A group of four, in the Walker County Jail, is charged with murder and theft. Walker County tells us they currently have nine inmates with holds on them. Their offenses range from traffic and drug violations, to murder.

Burleson County and Robertson County each have one prisoner with a U.S. Immigration Hold. Bernardo Lara is charged with marijuana possession after sheriff's deputies found more than 1,300 marijuana plants in Robertson County.

Grimes County Jail doesn't have any people with immigration holds right now, but did have about five in 2010.

About 12 prisoners in Leon County had holds in the past year.

Both the Washington County and Leon County Jail each have eight.

And in Madison County, there are currently five inmates with U.S. Immigration Holds.

The Brazos County District Attorney's Office says in many of these cases, the people involved are here illegally.

A U.S. Immigration Hold means they will not be released from custody without being turned over to ICE, or Immigration and Customs Enforcement first. ICE then conducts their own investigation into their citizenship. Whether they stay in this country or are deported, they won't be able to escape their punishments.

In case you're wondering about Montgomery County, we submitted an open records request for their jail records.

They have ten days to respond.

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