Jose and Anna Pacheco and their 10-year-old son Angel were sleeping Saturday night in their trailer home in Sutter County, California. But Ismael Huazo-Jardinez, a previously deported illegal alien, was allegedly driving drunk, missed a turn on the road, and slammed straight into the trailer, killing the three Pachecos, leaving the severely injured 11-year-old daughter, Mariana, as the only surviving member of the family.
The ink had barely dried on my column last week about two unreported illegal alien alleged DUI manslaughters in California when news broke about this triple fatality resulting from alleged drunk driving. I suspected this was yet another unreported illegal alien vehicular homicide. Initially, I didn’t hear any news back from ICE about a detainer, so I assumed there was no way an illegal alien who had killed three people could have been let out on $300,000 bond and therefore presumed the suspect was a citizen. But evidently that was the case, because ICE’s Fugitive Operations Team arrested Jardinez on Tuesday and is holding him pending the criminal proceedings.
According to ICE spokesman Paul Prince, “Ismael Huazo-Jardinez is an illegally present Mexican national.” He told CR in a statement that “the U.S. Border Patrol apprehended him in Arizona and granted him voluntary return to Mexico in February 2011.”
Yet thanks to the sanctuary of California, the suspect, like many other criminals, was incentivized to come back and must have returned to the state sometime afterwards.
According to the local CBS affiliate, Huazo-Jardinez was granted bail the next day, despite protests from the California Highway Patrol. Thanks to new state laws and judicial guidance, criminals booked in jail are rarely denied bail, and many are now released even without bond.
The fact that our border is wide open and so many criminals can come back is disturbing enough. But this is yet another case where despite another arrest of the criminal, he was not turned over to ICE. According to the local sheriff’s office, as reported by the local NBC affiliate, Huazo-Jardinez had a prior conviction for reckless driving.
What’s worse is that even after he was arrested again for a triple vehicular homicide, he was still released without being turned over to ICE. It appears that ICE had to get him on their own. How many thousands of illegal aliens are in this country with criminal records, have been allowed to go free, and ICE is not even aware of their existence? By definition, every crime that is committed by these individuals is completely avoidable.