U.S. Rep. Mark Udall, D-Eldorado Springs, sent a letter today to Assistant Secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Julie Myers and Acting Director of Office of Detention and Removal for ICE, James T. Hayes, Jr. requesting an investigation into the failure to deport Francis Hernandez despite allegedly being notified on numerous occasions that Hernandez had been detained for various criminal offenses.
"Despite reports that Francis Hernandez has been arrested a dozen times, ICE officials never deported him," said Udall. "Mr. Hernandez is now in custody facing charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident. Three people were killed in that accident including a child. Coloradans want to know why someone with such a record of criminal charges lodged after his illegal entry was permitted to remain in the United States, especially since local law-enforcement officials say they notified ICE after earlier arrests. This tragic failure of our seriously flawed immigration system is unacceptable and every action must be taken to ensure that any failures by ICE are corrected."