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Sunday, February 24, 2013 | 9:41 AM

WASHINGTON (CMC) – The US Supreme Court has declined to block the deportation of thousands of Caribbean and other immigrants who over two years ago were not warned by their lawyers that, when they pleaded guilty to serious crimes, they would be targeted for deportation. The law calls for mandatory deportation for Caribbean and other immigrants, including lawful permanent residents, who have an “aggravated felony” on their record. In a 7-2 decision, the justices refused to apply the ruling retroactively to cases of immigrants who had unintentionally pleaded guilty before 2010. The ruling came in the case of Roselva Chaidez, a Chicago woman who was born in Mexico and has been a lawful permanent US resident since 1977. Chaidez has three children and two grandchildren, all of whom are US citizens. US prosecutors said that, in 2003, Chaidez agreed to plead guilty to two counts of mail fraud for her minor role in an insurance fraud. According to court documents, Chaidez’s son and several others had staged an auto accident, and that Chaidez received US$1,200 from an insurance company for a false claim of injury. The court sentenced Chaidez to probation and ordered her to repay US$22,000, the total amount of the insurance fraud. Court documents reveal that Chaidez completed her sentence and had paid her restitution by 2004. Chaidez said, when she later applied to become a naturalized US citizen, she denied having been convicted of a crime. But only then, she said she learned that pleading guilty to mail fraud involving more than US$10,000 meant that she was subject to deportation. Charles Roth, a lawyer for the National Immigrant Justice Centre, said “it is now in the hands of the Obama administration and the US Congress to keep this family together, as well as hundreds of others who at least deserve consideration of whether a run-in with the law enforcement more than a decade ago outweighs the good they have since contributed to our society.”

9 Responses to READ UP GOOD GOOD

  • Nice–let’s hope this gets disseminated to the ones…

  • Anonymous says:

    If we want to be honest here, as far back as maybe 15+-years ago, most immigrants in the United States knew that if you plead no contest to even a misdemeanor, it could affect your immigration status down the road. This has been repeated by attorneys thousands of times on our Caribbean radio stations. If anyone did not know this, they have been living under a rock.

  • Observer says:

    Oh lawddd mi soun nuh hav no caribbean neighbors

  • Belly Bang says:

    Observer, come yah ……suh ah pure ole felon yuh have live beside yuh??

  • Anonymous says:

    What a determine yute……

    ‘King Evil’ sentenced in Florida court Jamaican most wanted to spend five years behind bars for gun crime

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

    ST James gangster Omar Oneil Lewis also known as ‘King Evil’, has been sentenced in a Florida court to five years’ imprisonment for gun possession.
    Lewis, who fled Jamaica for the United States in 2008 after being linked to a murder here, was held by Orange County deputies in Florida in 2009, who caught him trying to hide a firearm he was carrying.

    According to a report in Florida’s Sun Sentinel newspaper, an Orange County deputy encountered Lewis and three other men in a parking lot.
    Two of the men admitted they were armed and the deputy ordered all three to the ground so that he could secure their firearms.
    Lewis initially resisted the order and after he eventually sat down, the deputies spotted the handgun under a car, about six to 12 inches from where he was seated.
    The gun was sent off for DNA testing, and agents eventually confirmed that DNA found on the firearm matched that taken from Lewis, who pleaded guilty to the charge that August.
    District Judge John Antoon II recently sentenced the 36-year-old Lewis to 57 months in prison for being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm.
    US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents say Lewis spent years illegally entering the country despite being repeatedly removed and sent back to Jamaica.
    Federal agents had also charged Lewis with several counts of misusing a Social Security number, illegal entry and three counts of falsely claiming to be a US citizen in connection with fraudulently obtained documents.
    In April 2000, Lewis was denied entry at a US airport after presenting authorities with a British passport bearing the name Michael Strubs.
    In March 2001, border patrol agents apprehended Lewis again and he was ordered removed by an immigration judge.
    He was deported three months later, but again managed to re-enter the United States in July 2005 as part of a smuggled group of people.
    At that time, Lewis told agents who had intercepted the group that his name was David Simmons and that he was from Trinidad and Tobago.
    However, a fingerprint search proved his true identity and Lewis was again deported in February 2006.–sentenced-in-Florida-court_13709091

    Jamaica’s most wanted captured in US
    Published: Friday | June 12, 2009

    One of the country’s most-wanted men is now in custody in the United States after being arrested in Miami.
    St James gangster Omar Oneil Lewis, better known as ‘King Evil’, was held by members of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) team and the Lauderhill Police Department after an extensive investigation.

    King Evil was added to the local police most-wanted list after he was implicated in the June 2008 murder of Richard Reid in a nightclub in Montego Bay, St James.

    The 33-year-old is accused of stabbing Reid multiple times. He is also linked to several other violent crimes in the Glendevon, Flankers and Canterbury communities in St James.

    King Evil also faces criminal charges in the US stemming from a February 2007 arrest in which he was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and illegally re-entering the country after being deported.

    Lengthy investigation

    ICE special agents in Miami say following a lengthy investigation, King Evil and 25-year-old Michael Montaque were arrested in South Florida.

    According to the American agents, King Evil had been deported in 2001 and 2006. Montaque, a convicted felon, had been deported in January 2006.

    King Evil has an extensive criminal history in Florida, including five violent felony arrests.

    He faces up to two years in prison in the US if convicted and will be deported to Jamaica to answer the murder charge.

  • PhantomPhoenix says:

    Aggrevated is broad and can be challenged using 212 (c). If yu is a habitual offenda save yu money an gwan a yu country of birth. Charges before 1989 stand a chance and can lead to citizenship, but leading up to and after 1996 is a dog nhame yu suppa issue.

    12 FULL months and more is jail= dog nhame yu suppa
    guilty by jury= dog nhame yu suppa
    No $ fi ansa to deportation notice in 10 days= dog nhame yu suppa

  • Cindy Royal says:

    And u would think, this & many other cases like this would deter immigrants from taking on crime as a career, but instead their criminality seems to flourish more than ever, so I say the US should send them home when they get involved in criminal activities. kmt

  • Cindy Royal says:

    And u would think, this & many other cases like this would deter immigrants from taking on crime as a career, but instead their criminality seems to flourish more than ever, so I say the US should send them home when they get involved in criminal activities. kmt

  • Anonymous says:

    that y me still a fe love england onece u have ur indefenite u goo

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