ICE Blasted for Failing to Deport Illegal Immigrant, Who Then Murdered Woman in Connecticut

June 22, 2016 3:20 pm Last Updated: June 22, 2016 3:20 pm

A new federal report blasts Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for failure to deport illegal immigrant who murdered a Conn. woman.

The June 16 report, from the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General, said the illegal immigrant should not have even been on U.S. soil, and blamed ICE for not deporting him.

Jean Jacques, of Haiti, was sentenced to 60 years in prison this month for the murder of 25-year-old Casey Chadwick. She was found dead in her Norwich apartment a year ago.

At the request of three legislators in Connecticut, the Inspector General investigated the circumstances that led to Chadwick’s death, resulting in the report. 

 

Jacques had only been out of prison 5 months when he carried out the murder. Under the immigration code, he was supposed to be deported back to Haiti upon being released from prison. Jacques had arrived in the United States in 1992 without any paperwork. 

ICE had attempted to deport Jacques, according to the report. He was listed as a passenger on three charter flights to Haiti in June, August, and October of 2012, but the government of Haiti refused to accept him.

“This report confirms what we have long suspected: ICE could and should have done more to remove Jean Jacques from this country before he had the chance to brutally murder Casey Chadwick,” senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and Rep. Joe Courtney, said in a statement. They were the lawmakers who made the request to the Inspector General.

The three Democratic lawmakers added that they found the report “alarming” and said ICE “lacks the framework for effective risk-based monitoring and supervision of released” violent criminals like Jacques.

An attorney for Chadwick’s family, Chester Fairlie, told WTNH-TV that Chadwick’s death is tragic because it was avoidable. “We’re trying to raise the issue of why deportation failed,” he said earlier this month.

Severe Understaffing

“The caseloads of deportation officers in the field make personalized follow-up with the aliens under their supervision functionally impossible,” the report said, adding that there are three or four officers assigned to 37,000 released aliens.

“In addition to the heavy caseload, there is no evidence that ICE used a risk-based analysis for managing caseloads, which would have them expending more time and attention on more dangerous aliens,” the report stated. Instead, officers told the Inspector General’s office they prioritized cases based on the possibility of the aliens being removed.

A deportation officer also has “few tools” at his or her disposal to supervise an alien with a violent criminal history, the report said.