New plan: we'll pay to import formerly deported illegals with mental illnesses

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney the immigration problem would become worse. I had no idea how right they would prove to be.

To set up your Saturday evening on a high note, some terrific news out of the southwest. We’ve clearly been in need of some creative solutions for what to do about illegal immigrants and we’re also very worried about problems arising from the mentally ill and our seeming inability to protect everyone, including the protecting the mentally ill from themselves. Now, at last, someone has come up with a project which is designed to tackle both of these issues at once. We’ll collect up some of the illegals that we already deported but who are mentally ill to boot and we’ll ship them back to the United States. (Fox News)

Hundreds of immigrants with mental disabilities who were deported from the U.S. after representing themselves in court may be allowed to return to the country under a settlement approved by a judge Friday.

Federal Judge Dolly M. Gee’s ruling will let immigrants with serious mental disabilities request to have their cases reopened in hopes of returning to the U.S. The ruling covers immigrants deported from California, Arizona and Washington between Nov. 21, 2011 and Jan. 27 this year.

“This is really a historic settlement,” said Carmen Iguina, staff attorney for the ACLU of Southern California, one of the groups that filed the 2010 lawsuit that led to the settlement.

My, my… that certainly is an historic settlement. In fact, nothing like this may have been attempted in the entire history of the world. When you’ve finished banging your head against your desk from just reading the lede, move on forward to the portion of the story buried at the bottom which truly represents the cherry on top of the dish. (Emphasis added)

Under the agreement, the federal government said it will help those with reopened cases return to the U.S. and pay for some transportation costs.

Clearly an obvious and excellent use of your tax dollars. If you don’t pay to have your mentally ill illegal immigrants imported, where else are you going to get them? I mean, it’s not like they’re just going to wander over the border themselves now, are they?

Look… I understand that they are coming back for a new trial with a competent lawyer. But we’re not talking about CSI level murder cases here where we’ll need the mobile DNA labs and ballistics models. It’s a case of asking whether or not the person is a citizen or a legal immigrant with permission to be here. You either are or you aren’t and by this time I would hope that we’ve gotten fairly good at identifying folks along those lines on the rare occasions when we do bother to find them and drag them into a courtroom. Odds are that most of the deported were sent home because they had no legal standing to be here. If they are mentally ill then it’s the responsibility of their home country to care for them.

But instead we’ll pay to import what could wind up being more than a thousand of them. And I’m just sure that none of them will disappear back into the general population after their first hearing, right? This is just a spectacular plan. Well done, Judge Gee.