Although my reply is almost a year past the last one, I felt the need to comment due to the replies I reviewed on this site regarding aggravated felons. As a wife of someone who is a permanent legal resident of the U.S., I am abhorred of the judgements that are stated.
My question is...."Does a person that serves time for a crime that is considered an 'aggravated felony' have to serve his time over again via being barred from the U.S.? You see, I am a believer that jail does NOT rehabilitate the person; the person has to have the desire and drive to rehabilitate his/herself! Does the so-called aggravated felon, who serves time and lives a moral and ethical life w/o getting him/herself in trouble w/the law, have to relive his/her punishment all over again? Is that fair?
I get it that Americans have such an arrogant, obnoxious ethnocentric attitude towards other cultures and ethnicities, but Americans who repeatedly committ felonious acts are still here in this country!......... They are free to roam, free to live as your next door pedophile neighbor, bank robber, drug dealer, murderer, rapist, etc. So, for the person that made the ignorant comment, are you stating that it's okay for an American citizen to commit a heinous crime because they're American???? Come on!
My husband served three years for an aggravated felony. Upon release, he worked odd jobs until he started his own company as felonies have a difficult time finding work. After the company folded (we're talking about six years later), he sought employment through temp agencies --- only to be terminated once they began the hiring process (he's NEVER lied on an application). Nevertheless, he decided to enroll in college.
So now, here I am.....typing on this site because ICE picked up my husband while on his way to school because he had a failure to appear in court. WHY???? Because they mailed the letter to an address from 2.5 yrs about a court date. FYI: they had the current address, because the following month, we DID have correspondence from them at our current residence.
So, now he's sitting in a detention center and waiting for a bond appeal (which might take up anywhere from two - eight months to be set) as his bond was denied. WHY???? Because there's a law that states that aggravated felons who were released after 1998 will be detained until their hearing. He was convicted in '97 and released in 2000. So tell me (the one who believes that non-American aggravated felons should go back to their native country), is that fair? My husband knows absolutely NOTHING about his birth country as he has been in the States since he was under eight years old and hasn't been back since.
So again, I ask....is this fair? If you feel that way, then I say that you should rally a petition to have all criminals ejected from the good 'ol U. S. of A. This is my two cents!...naw, lemme change that cuz it's worth more than that....this is my ten cent comment.